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UPDATE: Man convicted of manslaughter in 2016 deadly stabbing

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Published: Nov. 15, 2016 at 2:00 PM EST
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UPDATE 4/10/18 @ 2:37 p.m.

A man has been convicted in connection with a deadly stabbing back in 2016.

James Cremeans, 59, of Huntington, entered a Kennedy plea to voluntary manslaughter Monday.

Cremeans was sentenced to five years in prison.

He was charged with the murder of Samuel Brown, 63, of Huntington. According to the criminal complaint, the stabbing happened in the 2200 block of Adams Avenue on the city's west end.

Investigators say Cremeans stabbed Brown with a small knife in the chest area after the two had gotten into an argument.

Brown was then taken to Cabell Huntington Hospital where he died from his injuries.

ORIGINAL STORY 11/15/16

A man has been charged with murder after a stabbing Monday.

James Cremeans, 59, of Huntington, has been charged with the murder of Samuel Brown, 63, of Huntington.

"I didn't mean to," Cremeans told WSAZ.

According to the criminal complaint, the stabbing happened in the 2200 block of Adams Avenue on the city's west end.

Cremeans stabbed Brown with a small knife in the chest area after the two had gotten into an argument, according to the criminal complaint.

"I had no control over what happened," Cremeans said. "I did not do this."

According to 911 records, Brown was driven to a local EMS station around 9 p.m. Monday night.

Brown was then taken to Cabell Huntington Hospital where he died from his injuries.

"I am sorry for his family," Cremeans said. "I'm truly sorry."

Brown's family is still trying to come to terms with his death.

"It's just weird, you're here today and gone tomorrow," Corky Roberts, Brown's relative, said. "I just don't understand it."

Roberts told WSAZ he saw Brown yesterday.

"I was drinking a beer out here with him yesterday and next thing I know, 11:30, 12:30 last night I found out that he had passed away and it just blew my mind," Roberts said.

Cremeans was arraigned Tuesday afternoon in Cabell County Magistrate Court.

"John, he was beating me up," Cremeans said to the magistrate judge.

Cremeans is being held without bond in the Western Regional Jail.

His preliminary hearing is scheduled for later this month.

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