Albuquerque man gets 16 1/2 years in fatal stabbing

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — An Albuquerque man convicted by a jury in a fatal stabbing was sentenced Tuesday to 16½ years in prison.

Jarek Lovesee, 29, was found guilty of second-degree murder and false imprisonment in connection with the death of Lawrence Graczyk.

Lovesee apologized to the community for what he said was a tragedy for all involved.

“I do feel a very large amount of remorse,” he said. “No one should have to be on either side of what happened that night.”

According to police, Graczyk and Lovesee had been drinking with friends at the Dragon Horn Tavern in Albuquerque’s Northeast Heights the night of April 6, 2016. Lovesee agreed to let Graczyk sleep on his couch and the two returned to Lovesee’s apartment on Comanche. Lovesee told police that Graczyk wanted to leave the apartment to go kill some people, and when Lovesee stopped him, a fight broke out. Lovesee’s father called police around 2 a.m. and said there was a body in his son’s apartment.

His attorney suggested that alcohol fueled the night’s events and said although his client has struggled with alcohol for years, he’s maintained steady employment. He asked the judge not to impose the full sentence.

In letters read aloud by a prosecutor, Lovesee’s parents said they believed their son might be a threat to society and said they were concerned about what seemed to be escalating criminal behavior.

Second Judicial District Judge Jacqueline Flores handed down the maximum sentence, 15 years for second-degree murder and 18 months for false imprisonment.

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