SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – A man has been sentenced to prison time in connection with the 2008 samurai sword stabbing death of 45-year-old Humberto Brindis.
Hampden County District Attorney’s Office spokesman Jim Leydon told 22News that 25-year-old Ismael Rodriguez was sentenced up to 12 years in prison for the killing, after pleading guilty to voluntary manslaughter.
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On June 1, 2008, Brindis was found dead on the floor of his apartment at 554 South Street in Holyoke, suffering from a wound caused by a samurai sword he owned.
Rodriguez, who was 15 years-old at the time of the crime, wasn’t arrested until seven years later in 2015.