CROCKETT — A Northern California man has been sentenced to 18 years in prison for killing his transient acquaintance with a machete.
Contra Costa County prosecutors say 20-year-old George Fite was sentenced Friday after agreeing to plead guilty to voluntary manslaughter with the use of a deadly weapon for the killing of Daniel Stackenburg in January 2012.
Prosecutors initially charged Fite with murder, after the 45-year-old man was found so badly beaten his head was nearly split in two.
According to investigators, Stackeburg suspected Fite had stolen items from his makeshift home. Fite went to visit him around New Year’s Day, and a neighbor reported hearing a scuffle at Stackenburg’s camp. A few days later some of the Stackenburg’s friends went to his home and found his corpse.
KTVU-TV reports Fite was arrested in January 2012.