CUMBERLAND, Md. (AP) — A Cumberland man has pleaded guilty to manslaughter and first-degree assault in a double stabbing in the western Maryland city earlier this year.

The Cumberland Times-News reports that 26-year-old Ralph Faith entered the plea agreement on Thursday in Allegany County Circuit Court.

Faith had pleaded not guilty to second-degree murder in March in connection with the Jan. 29 death of Christopher Wigington.

Witnesses told investigators that Faith and Wigington were involved in a fight. Prosecutors say Faith stabbed Wigington and his girlfriend Tracey Harris during the incident.

Harris survived her wound, but Wigington did not.

As part of Faith’s plea, the state is recommending a sentence of 23 1/2 years of incarceration as part of a larger suspended sentence.

Faith remains jailed without bond as he awaits sentencing.

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