Michael Dean Stephens was sentenced to 17 years to life today for the murder of Josh Pipho (picture, right) during a November 2007 altercation in Stevenson Ranch.
The sentence was handed down in San Fernando Superior Court this morning. Stephens was convicted November 9, 2010, of second degree murder with special allegations of using a deadly weapon(s).
Stephens has been in custody since turning himself in at the Lennox Sheriff’s Station on Nov. 28, 2007. Jury selection began in early October, 2010 and the trial, filled with graphic testimony, lasted a month before a conviction was reached.
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During the fight, Stephens stabbed Pipho 16 times before running him over with a car. In the same altercation, Stephens was also accused of stabbing Chad Weitz 17 times, but the jury deadlocked on that attempted murder charge.
Today, Stephens entered a plea of no contest to attempted murder, admitting use of the knife, which resulted in a sentence of six years in prison. The sentences are to be served consecutively.
District Attorney spokeswoman Shiara Davila said that Stephens was also ordered to pay $7,500 to the Victims Compensation Fund and an unspecified amount of restitution to his victims’ families.