UPDATE: Tucson man accused of stabbing friend sentenced following plea deal

Authorities said Rafael Kelvin Buckner killed Marlon Hartley during a drunken argument in March 2019

UPDATE: Tucson man accused of stabbing friend sentenced following plea deal
Rafael Kelvin Buckner pleaded guilty to manslaughter in the 2019 stabbing death of Marlon Hartley. (Source: Tucson Police Department)

TUCSON, Ariz. (KOLD News 13) - A Tucson man accused of fatally stabbing his friend last year was sentenced for his crimes Friday, Feb. 28, 2020.

Rafael Kelvin Buckner, 58, pleaded guilty to negligent homicide and two drug charges in January 2020, a judge sentenced him to four year of probation following 45 days in jail with immediate release.

Authorities said Buckner stabbed Marlon Hartley, 57, during a drunken argument on March 17, 2019.

Detectives said Hartley and Buckner were friends and Hartley had been staying at Buckner’s home, which was located in the 3600 block of South Calle Polar.

Buckner was originally only charged with aggravated assault, but that was upgraded to second-degree murder when Hartley died April 9, 2019.

According to the Arizona Department of Corrections, Buckner was sentenced to five years in prison in 1998 for a weapons charge out of Maricopa County.

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