Wednesday, 06 December 2017 11:49

UA Student Sentenced in Roommate's Stabbing

Kendal Scheid, 23, who pleaded guilty to First Degree Felony Involuntary Manslaughter in the stabbing death of his University of Akron roommate, 23-year-old Duncan Unternaher, was sentenced to three years in prison Tuesday. 

Back on December 3, 2016, Scheid stabbed Unternaher in the chest during an argument over fast food, according to witnesses. A third roommate called 911, and said that the two had been drinking and began arguing. That is when Scheid stabbed Unternaher multiple times; he died a couple of days later in the hospital. 

After his death, there was an outpouring of support for Unternaher and his family from students across the University of Akron, who called him a sociable, friendly, and kind person. 

“This was a horrible tragedy. No one expects when they send their child off to college that they will be stabbed to death by their roommate,” said Prosecutor Walsh. “In his 23 years, Duncan left behind a legacy of helping others as well as his positive outlook on life.  The outpouring of love and support for Duncan from the community has been truly heartwarming, and a testament to his kindness and generosity.”

According to a release from Walsh's office, Judge Mary Margaret Rowlands stated during sentencing that she would consider judicial release for Scheid in six months, the first time he would be eligible. Prosecutors had asked for a prison sentence of eight years.

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