Homeless man sentenced for stabbing boyfriend to death in Balboa Park

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SAN DIEGO — A homeless man who fatally stabbed his boyfriend in Balboa Park last year was sentenced Monday to five years in state prison.

Damon Crudup, 48, had faced a murder charge prior to pleading guilty last month to involuntary manslaughter in connection with the Aug. 4, 2018, death of Nicholas Turner, who was also homeless.

Prosecutors said the stabbing happened during an argument in the morning hours in the 2700 block of Balboa Drive, near Redwood Circle. The nature of the argument and the motive for the stabbing remains unclear.

Responding police officers found Turner, 38, suffering from stab wounds to his upper body. Medics took him to a hospital, where he was pronounced dead, according to San Diego police, who said Crudup made the 911 call reporting the stabbing.

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