ERIE — A former Corry man was sentenced on Friday to serve 20 to 40 years in state prison after he pleaded guilty to third-degree murder in the fatal stabbing of another Corry man in July.

John G. Colon, 43, entered the guilty plea in front of Judge John Garhart. Additional charges of aggravated assault and possessing an instrument of crime were withdrawn, according to court records.

Colon stabbed Nathan C. Reynolds, 26, of 115 W. Church St., with what a witness during a preliminary hearing described as an 8-inch Bowie knife.

The stabbing occurred while the two argued about Reynolds’ children in the vicinity of East Main and Center streets at about 10:26 p.m.

Reynolds’ wife, Gina, had been dating Colon for about a month or month and a half before the night of the stabbing. She and Colon had gone to get the children from Nathan Reynolds, who was seen with them at an East Main Street convenience store.

Colon at the time of the stabbing was on parole for a 2004 fatal stabbing of a man in Allegheny County.

Colon was convicted of voluntary manslaughter in that case. He was sentenced to five to 15 years in state prison in July 2005.

Prior to stabbing Nathan Reynolds, Colon had been working in Corry after being released from a pre-release center in Erie.

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