An Atlantic City man was convicted by a jury Thursday of fatally stabbing a man with a pair of scissors in 2011.

Manuel E. Concepcion Jr., 34, was convicted of aggravated manslaughter, unlawful possession of a weapon and possession of a weapon for an unlawful purpose, said acting Atlantic County Prosecutor Jim McClain. Concepcion was tried for the killingof Ignacio Castro, 45, who was stabbed in the heart with a pair of scissors on July 11, 2011, on Pacific Avenue, McClain said.

Authorities said the two men had an altercation and Castro died a month later from his injuries.

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A witness for the prosecution testified during the three-week trial that Concepcion contacted him after the incident and asked him to discard the scissors. The prosecution presented the handles of the scissors at trial — which broke off in the stabbing – and the blades, which police recovered. Both items had the victim’s blood on them, McClain said.

The defense claimed another man committed the stabbing, but McClain said no other evidence to support the claim was presented at trial.

Concepcion will be sentenced by Superior Court Judge Mark Sandson on Nov. 21, McClain said. He faces between 10 and 30 years in prison and as much as a $200,000 fine.

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