HARTFORD, Conn. (CBS Connecticut and AP) – A Hartford man who fatally stabbed his friend during a fight over a cellphone has been sentenced to 15 years in prison.

The Courant reports that 29-year-old Leshawn-Anthony Davis was sentenced Monday for the December 2013 death of Lamont Cox.

Davis was originally charged with murder but pleaded guilty in February to a reduced charge of first-degree manslaughter.

Prosecutors say they agreed to the lesser charge because they did not think they could prove that Davis intended to kill the 34-year-old Cox. Davis said Cox was armed with a hammer and he stabbed him in self-defense.

Davis apologized to Cox’s family in court.

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