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Benton City Teenager Sentenced to 26 Years in Prison for Murder

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KENNEWICK, WA - A 19 year old, who admitted to violently stabbing another man in a Benton City last September, will spend the next 26 years behind bars.

Noah Matlack told a judge in July that he stabbed Michael Edwards, 55, more than 25 times; Matlack claimed Edwards owed him a debt. 

Friday morning, at his sentencing hearing, detectives described the gruesome crime scene while the defense brought in a professor of psychology, who outlined Matlack's troubled childhood. The victim's family also gave an emotional statement on how the murder has changed their lives. 

"He [Michael Edwards] used to go to that park with his dogs and read the Bible, and that's where you killed him...in the back of a church," said Shelly Edwards, the sister-in-law of Michael Edwards. "Can't you look at me? You are the son of Satan."

Police arrested Matlack and Noel Gonzalez, 19, at a truck stop in Stanfield, Oregon, shortly after the killing. Gonzalez is already serving a 13 year sentence for his role in the murder. 

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