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Florida man pleads guilty to fatally stabbing Bears fan

Matthew Hinsleft Jacksonville Fla. was sentenced life prisfor stabbing death Bears fan William Pettry 42 right Lake Villa. | Jacksonville

Matthew Hinson, left, of Jacksonville, Fla., was sentenced to life in prison for the stabbing death of Bears fan William Pettry, 42, right, of Lake Villa. | Jacksonville Sheriff's Dept./Facebook photos

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Updated: May 21, 2013 3:08PM

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — A Jacksonville man has pleaded guilty to fatally stabbing a Chicago Bears fan at a popular waterfront shopping area before a Bears/Jaguars football game last fall.

Matthew Reid Hinson pleaded guilty Tuesday to second-degree murder. He faces a possible life sentence.

Authorities say the 28-year-old Hinson slashed 42-year-old William Pettry’s neck with a pocket knife at Fionn MacCool’s, an Irish-themed bar and restaurant at the Jacksonville Landing. Police say Pettry and a friend were talking to Hinson’s wife before the stabbing happened, which may have angered Hinson.

The Florida Times-Union reports that Pettry, a married father of three, was in town for the Oct. 7 game the next day.

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