Man sentenced to prison in stabbing death

A man has been sentenced to prison for the Sep. 2015 stabbing death of another man in Sunset. Michael Scott Ennis, 35, was sentenced Friday to one to 10 years in prison, after pleading guilty last month to a reduced charge of criminal homicide by assault, a third-degree felony, as part of a plea deal. Ennis had originally been charged with murder, a first-degree felony, in the death of Tyler Eastabrook, 31.

According to plea documents, Ennis said he had gone to the home of where the mother of his children, Leslie Liptrap, who also had a child with Eastabrook, lived. Tensions flared when Ennis came to the home and resisted leaving. When he did finally leave Eastabrook followed him out. When some fort of physical contact occurred, Ennis grabbed a knife from a box near the door, spun around, and stabbed Eastabrook in the chest, killing him. The homicide was the first the city of Sunset had seen in years according to police.

Liptrap says she and Ennis had separated about a year earlier, and Eastabrook had moved in with her to be with his daughter a short time before he was killed. No children were home when the stabbing occurred. 

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