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Teen sentenced to 40 years in prison

Nov. 30, 2011 at 10:15 AM

MIAMI, Nov. 30 (UPI) -- A Florida teenager convicted of fatally stabbing a high school classmate must serve a 40-year prison term plus 10 years probation, a judge has ruled.

Miami-Dade Circuit Judge Dava Tunis called the death of Juan Carlos Rivera, 17, "an enormous and senseless tragedy," The Miami Herald reported Wednesday.

Rivera and Andy Rodriguez, got into a brawl in September 2009 after bumping each other in a hallway at Coral Gables High School.

Rodriguez, armed with a knife, stabbed Rivera five times including a fatal blow to his heart, prosecutors said.

"Two families are forever torn apart and changed," Judge Tunis said in passing sentence on Rodriguez, 19.

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