A University of Akron student who brutally stabbed his roommate to death last December was sentenced to prison on Tuesday.
Cleveland.com reported that Kendall Scheid stabbed Duncan Unternaher, 23, in the chest at their off-campus apartment during an argument about fast food. Akron police Lieutenant Rick Edwards previously told the Norwalk Reflector that Unternaher had told Scheid not to touch his food when they got home, which led to a dispute.
A third roommate, Devin Rogala, told a 911 dispatcher that Scheid and Unternaher were drunk when the deadly dispute occurred.
“My roommate stabbed my other roommate,” Rogala said during the 911 call.
“They are in the bathroom. He [Scheid] is keeping pressure on the wound trying to keep him elevated.”
Unternaher succumbed to his injuries two days later, according to the newspaper. WKYC reported that he underwent surgery and was placed on heart and lung assistance before he died.
Scheid, 23, pleaded guilty in October to involuntary manslaughter charges. Exactly a year after Unternaher’s death, Judge Mary Margaret Rowlands sentenced Scheid to three years behind bars. With good behavior, he will be eligible for release in six months, according to WJW.
Calling the ordeal an “unfortunate accident,” defense attorneys claimed that Scheid instantly regretted stabbing Unternaher and instructed Rogala to call 911.
“When we’re all born, we’re not guaranteed our next breath,” the slain man’s father said in court.
“I praise the Lord, my creator, that I was blessed to have Duncan for 23 years of his life.”
[Featured Image: Kendall Scheid/Akron Police Department; Duncan Unternaher/University of Akron]