A 22-year-old man has been sentenced to 15 years in prison for stabbing a teenager to death at a southwest Missouri apartment complex.

Jesus Padilla was sentenced Wednesday after pleading guilty to second-degree murder and armed criminal action.

Prosecutors say he stabbed Joey Michael Phillips, known to his friends as Joey Michael-Clay, in the throat during a scuffle at a Nixa apartment complex.

The victim was scheduled to start sophomore year at Nixa High School when he died.

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