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Man pleads guilty to manslaughter in Versailles stabbing

VERSAILLES — A Frankfort man pleaded guilty Monday to first-degree manslaughter in the December 2006 stabbing death of a Versailles man.

Marvain Antonio Caseres, 28, also pleaded guilty to one count of criminal possession of a forged instrument and one count of tampering with physical evidence.

Caseres faces 15 years in prison when he is sentenced April 1 by Woodford Circuit Court Judge Paul Isaacs.

Caseres was initially accused of murder in the Dec. 16, 2006, stabbing death of Thomas Richard Stepp III, 28, at an Ashmore Avenue apartment complex in Versailles. The murder charge was amended to manslaughter as part of a plea agreement.

The charge of criminal possession of a forged instrument was related to a forged Social Security card. The tampering charge was brought because Caseres disposed of the knife used to stab Stepp.

Stepp is survived by his wife, Desiree, and two children. Desiree Stepp said after Monday's court proceeding that she was pleased to see Caseres plead guilty, and that she will pray for him.

"A lot of lives were ruined in this senseless violence," she said. "I'm glad he took the high road so we can put it to rest and let it heal."