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Man sentenced for Walker murder

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A 21-year-old Walker man has been ordered to spend 18 years in prison for fatally stabbing a man here last spring.

Sheldon James Smith received the sentence earlier this week from Judge John Smith, who is not related to the defendant. Previously, Sheldon Smith entered a guilty plea to second-degree intentional murder.

On March 21, Jason Dale Howard, 22, of Walker, died after he was transported to a Brainerd hospital with a stab wound to his upper chest.

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