SALINA, Kansas (AP) — A Kansas man has been found guilty of voluntary manslaughter in the stabbing death of another man at a Salina bar.
Saline County jurors on Thursday returned the verdict against Douglas Aldrich after his second trial for stabbing 36-year-old Jerry Bird in February 2003 outside the Red Kitten Bar.
Prosecutors said Bird told Aldrich to leave the bar after he became combative. Aldrich contended he stabbed Bird in self-defense.
Aldrich was convicted of second-degree murder and sentenced to 51½ years in prison in 2003. That conviction was set aside in 2012 after complaints about his attorney’s effectiveness.
The Salina Journal reports under state sentencing guidelines, the new conviction is likely to cut decades off the time Aldrich will remain in prison.
Sentencing was set for April 24.