Phoenix man sentenced in 2013 stabbing death of a co-worker

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(Source: Maricopa County Sheriff's Office) (Source: Maricopa County Sheriff's Office)

A 27-year-old man convicted in the 2013 fatal stabbing of a co-worker at a Phoenix restaurant has been sentenced to 17 years in prison.

Judge Peter Reinstein of Maricopa County Superior Court sentenced Javier Alonzo Romero on Friday in the killing of 26-year-old Miguel "Mike" Hernandez.

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At trial, Romero claimed insanity as a defense. A jury convicted him of second-degree murder and aggravated assault.

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Workers at the restaurant said Romero attacked a Hernandez with a knife while the two men were unloading a delivery. Prosecutors said surveillance video showed Romero attacking Hernandez from behind.

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Hernandez died at the scene from multiple stab wounds.

Romero was hospitalized with self-inflicted cuts to his arm and he struggled to take a gun from a policeman.

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