New Haven Superior Court Judge Richard Damiani said Monday that 18-year-old Christopher Sunbury of Southington was "morally responsible" for Shane Smith's death, despite the medical examiner being unable to conclude the slashing was the direct cause of death.
Sunbury was convicted of first-degree assault as part of a plea bargain. He told the judge he took responsibility for his actions and was sorry.
Police say Sunbury slashed Smith with a 26-inch-long sword in August 2008 during a series of fights in Wallingford involving dozens of teenagers. Police say the fights began over insults to a 15-year-old girl.