Man gets 10 years for role in Christmas Day stabbing

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by Associated Press

KTVB.COM

Posted on August 7, 2012 at 10:45 AM

IDAHO FALLS -- An Idaho Falls man has been sentenced to 10 years in prison for his role in a Christmas Day stabbing death in Ammon.

District Judge Dane Watkins Jr. sentenced 18-year-old Brent Pongyan on Monday after he pleaded guilty to principal to aggravated battery.

Bonneville County Deputy Prosecutor Daniel Clark said 20-year-old Buck Garner was stabbed twice in the heart and that Pongyan acknowledged holding Garner in a full-Nelson as he was stabbed.

Clark said he did not believe Pongyan knew the suspect was going to stab Garner, but that he went to the house with the intention of fighting.

Joseph Chavez faces trial in September on a second-degree murder charge in Garner's death. He remains jailed on $750,000 bond.

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