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POLSON — A jury has found a 19-year-old Polson man guilty of stabbing his mother's live-in boyfriend to death during an argument.

Jurors deliberated for more than four hours Friday before convicting Aaron Jess Spang of mitigated deliberate homicide and criminal possession of dangerous drugs. Sentencing has been set for June 8.

Spang had pleaded not guilty to deliberate homicide in the Nov. 27 death of 32-year-old Frank He Does It. Court records say Spang and his mother had an argument about his allegedly growing marijuana in his bedroom and she wanted him to move out. Investigators say Spang returned the next morning, argued with He Does It and then stabbed him to death with a butcher knife.

Defense attorney Edmund Sheehy argued his client did not pick up the knife until his fight with He Does It had escalated into physical violence. Sheehy also said Spang was growing marijuana in an effort to earn enough money to move out, and that his mother was aware of the plants.

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Meanwhile, prosecutors emphasized the teen stabbed He Does It nine times with the butcher knife.

Lake County attorney Mitch Young says mitigated deliberate homicide carries a maximum sentence of 40 years.

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