Man sentenced in stabbing death of Scottsdale bouncerPosted: Updated:
PHOENIX -- A Tempe man has been sentenced to 18 years in prison in the stabbing death of a Scottsdale nightclub bouncer who was a former Arizona State University football player.
Ian Alexander MacDonald, 27, was convicted of manslaughter.
MacDonald killed Tyrice Thompson outside the Martini Ranch nightclub in January 2013.
Prosecutors say MacDonald stabbed Thompson five times in the back, hip and arm after a fight. Thompson died several days later.
"He didn't have to stab Tyrice," said Thompson's dad Richard.
"He feared for his life and did what he had to do to defend himself," said MacDonald's mother.
MacDonald pleaded not guilty to second-degree murder.
"I just want to start by giving my absolute deepest condolences to the Thompson family," said MacDonald. "Not a day goes by that I don't think about it."
"It was nice that he said he was sorry, but what does his heart say?" said Thompson's sister Torrie.
Thompson played tight end and receiver for the Sun Devils from 2003 to 2007.
"To see 81 still playing on the field means a lot. It makes me smile every time," said Torrie.
He later was signed as an undrafted free agent by the Indianapolis Colts, but never played in an NFL game.
"I'm happy this is over with. We don't have to come back to this courtroom again. I'm happy," said Nancy Taylor, Thompson's mom.
"Despite this defendant's efforts to conceal or minimize his culpability for taking an innocent life, he now faces the consequences for his violent actions," said Maricopa County Attorney Bill Montgomery. "This case also underscores the ability of Arizona juries to fairly distinguish a lawful act of self-defense from a criminal offense," he added.
Judge Roland Steinle sentenced Ian MacDonald to 18 years in prison for manslaughter.— MC Superior Court (@courtpio) October 24, 2014
The Associated Press contributed to this report
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