UPDATE: Lynchburg man faces 22 years in prison for 2017 murder

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According to the Commonwealth's Attorney for the City of Lynchburg, Sean Sullivan Smith pleaded guilty Monday to second degree murder and will serve 22 years in prison for the murder of Daion Williams.

Smith and his girlfriend initially claimed Smith stabbed Williams with a machete after Williams attacked Smith's girlfriend.

Detective David Dempsey with the Lynchburg Police Department conducted several interviews of Smith and his girlfriend. Smith's girlfriend ultimately revealed that she and Smith made up the story of the attack to keep Smith from getting in trouble.

Smith's girlfriend told Detective Dempsey that Williams came to the house at 500 Amherst Street, knocked on the door, and asked for Smith. She answered the door and told Williams that Smith was upstairs. When Williams was almost to the top of the stairs, Smith launched from behind the door and began stabbing Williams with a machete.

At the guilty plea, Smith's Attorney Charles Felmlee, Esq. stated that Smith had been assaulted earlier in the evening while he attempted to purchase drugs. When Williams arrived at his house, Smith attacked Williams out of fear.

Smith apologized to Williams' family at the hearing.

Smith was sentenced to 40 years in prison with 18 years suspended resulting in a 22-year active sentence.

He must submit to 5 years of supervised probation upon release and good behavior for 40 years.

A Lynchburg man is charged with murder following the stabbing of another Lynchburg resident.

On September 14 at 10:55 p.m., Lynchburg police responded to the 500 block of Amherst St. after dispatch received a call that a male had been stabbed multiple times.

Police and Lynchburg Fire Department medics arrived on scene and found Daion Jamane Williams, a 20-year-old Lynchburg resident, suffering from apparent stab wounds.

The Lynchburg Police Department Investigations Unit and the Forensics Unit responded to the scene.

LPD took Williams to the Lynchburg General Hospital where he was later pronounced dead.

Sean Sullivan Smith, a 31-year-old resident of Lynchburg was taken into custody and has been charged with murder.

Smith is currently being held at the Blue Ridge Regional Jail without bond.

Lynchburg police are investigating a malicious wounding that happened near Cabell Street and Amherst Street.

Police say the call came in around 10:55 p.m. Thursday night.

Investigators are on the scene.

Stay with us as this is a developing story.

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