JERSEY CITY, New Jersey — A Jersey City man who pleaded guilty to aggravated manslaughter in the stabbing death of his mother's boyfriend has been sentenced to 10 years in prison.
But the victim's relatives told NJ.com (http://bit.ly/1FpTbOL) that they felt Gregory Stone deserved a longer prison term, saying they didn't believe his version of what happened.
Stone initially was charged with murder in the July 2013 slaying of 52-year-old Jules James, but pleaded guilty to the lesser charge in February.
Authorities have said Stone's mother and James were arguing about the electricity having been cut to their home during a heat wave. When Stone heard what sounded like someone being hit, he got a knife from the kitchen and went upstairs to intervene.
Stone stabbed James several times in the chest and the abdomen.
After the sentencing, James' relatives criticized the sentence handed down to Stone.
"I feel that the system has failed us." Said Stephanie James, the victim's older sister. "For him to take someone's life like that is wrong."
Stephanie James and her brother, Kery James, said they did not believe Stone was merely coming to the defense of his mother during a dispute with her boyfriend. They said Stone intended to kill their brother.
"He knew exactly what he was doing," Kery James said.
Kathleen Theurer, Stone's attorney, said there was "no way" her client meant to kill Jules James.
Information from: NJ.com, http://www.nj.com
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