Crime & Courts

Caldwell County man, 63, sentenced in fatal stabbing

A 63-year-old Lenoir man was sentenced to at least seven years in prison this week after pleading guilty to voluntary manslaughter in the death of a man in his home.

Bobby Dean Sparks told police that he killed Sammy William Sturgill, 48, because he feared for his life after the victim tried to stab him, prosecutors said.

An autopsy report, however, showed Sturgill had multiple stab wounds to his chest and stomach, slashes to his face and neck and cuts to his hands from a knife.

Police who responded to a domestic call at Sparks’ home on Bradford Street in June 2014 saw Sparks walking down his front steps and into the road at a rapid pace away from the officers, the Caldwell County District Attorney’s Office said in a news release announcing the sentencing.

Police found Sturgill unresponsive on the ground. EMS paramedics confirmed he was dead.

Joe Marusak: 704-358-5067, @jmarusak