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Hillsboro man sentenced to 12 years after killing mother's boyfriend

SimpkinsA Hillsboro man will spend more than a decade in prison after he was convicted for stabbing a man in his home last winter.

On Thursday, Sept. 29, 21-year-old Timothy Simpkins pleaded guilty to killing his mother's boyfriend, Thomas Wearing. Simpkins lived with his mother and Wearing in the 600 block of Northwest Garibaldi Street at the time of Wearing's death.

Shortly before midnight on Dec. 21, 2015, the two men got into a heated argument, according to prosecutors. The argument quickly turned violent and, according to court documents, Simpkins went into the home’s kitchen and grabbed a knife as the two men fought, which he used to stab Wearing once in the stomach.

Wearing was taken to a nearby hospital, where he later died from his injuries.

Simpkins was arrested the following day, but fled from authorities, court documents said.

Although originally charged with murder, Simpkins agreed to a lesser charge, pleading guilty to one county first-degree manslaughter, as well as second-degree escape.

Simpkins' other charges, two counts of unlawful use of a weapon, were dismissed as part of the plea.

Simpkins was sentenced to 12 years in prison. He will have to pay more than $14,195 in fees and will need to complete five years of probation after leaving prison, according to court documents.