By: AP
By: AP

NEW ORLEANS (AP) - A 44-year-old Alabama man who admitted stabbing to death a fishing boat captain while on the boat in October 2009 has been sentenced to 6½ years in federal prison.

Thomas J. Poole IV, of Foley, Ala., had pleaded guilty to manslaughter for the fatal stabbing of 53-year-old Michael G. Holman, of Bon Secour, Ala., as part of a plea deal.

Holman was captain of the Miss Sharlott, a fishing vessel based in Long Beach, Miss. Poole was a crew member aboard the boat. The stabbing took place about 18 miles off the coast of Louisiana.

According to the autopsy, Holman was stabbed more than 30 times in the back, chest, legs and face, said U.S. District Judge Eldon Fallon on Thursday, before sentencing Poole to the maximum permitted by federal sentencing guidelines.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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