Man Gets 12 Years for Killing Roommate

A 20-year-old Van Nuys man was sentenced Friday to 12 years in prison for killing his 68-year-old roommate during an argument.

Van Nuys Superior Court Judge Darlene Schempp sentenced Donald Wayne Selman on a charge of voluntary manslaughter in the Jan. 26 stabbing death of George Sullivan in their Kester Avenue apartment.

Selman had originally been charged with murder but was allowed to plead guilty to the lesser charge Oct. 6.

According to Selman's probation report, Sullivan picked Selman up on Santa Monica Boulevard about six months before the killing. The youth moved in with the older man and was supported by him, the report said.

Selman stabbed Sullivan seven times with a knife after an argument over telephone bills for Selman's repeated calls to a 900-number party line, the report added.

The report described Selman as a male prostitute who has never been steadily employed.

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