A Clearfield Job Corpsman who was charged with second-degree murder in the killing of a fellow student has entered a guilty plea to the lesser offense of manslaughter.
Michael D. Montgomery, 21, Albany, Calif., appeared before 2nd District Judge David Roth to enter his guilty plea to the second-degree felony charge in the stabbing death of Michael J. Savela, 20, North Dakota.
Roth set sentencing for April 18. Montgomery could be sentenced to serve from one to 15 years in the state prison.
Montgomery was scheduled to stand trial Tuesday on the first-degree felony charge, but a plea bargain agreement was worked out.
Montgomery and Savela were drinking with several other Job Corpsmen outside the Marshall White Center in west Ogden on Jan. 29, when the two men started wrestling. The horseplay turned deadly when Montgomery pulled out a knife and stabbed Savela three times in the chest.
The defendant was taken into custody at the scene. He remains in the Weber County Jail on a $10,000 bond.