Salina man pleads no contest in stabbing death

Ivan Huizar-Alvarez, charged with the march 24, 2015 stabbing death of 50 year old Scott Johnson in Salina located in Shawnee County jail. (Courtesy: Shawnee County Sheriff's Office)

SALINA, Kan. (AP) — A Salina man will be sentenced in April after pleading no contest in the stabbing death of another man.

Ivan Huizar Alvarez was scheduled to go to trial Monday for first-degree murder in the March 2015 death of Scott Johnson of Salina. Instead, he agreed to a plea deal on Friday to intentional second-degree murder.

Prosecutors say Huizar Alvarez chased Johnson and stabbed him several times during an argument. Huizar Alvarez had claimed the stabbing was in self-defense.

The Salina Journal reports prosecutors expect Huizar Alvarez to be sentenced to about 22 years in prison. He also is expected to be required to register as a violent offender for 15 years.



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