Benton City killer receives 13 years in prison

Benton City killer receives 13 years in prison »Play Video
BENTON COUNTY, Wash. -- A Benton City man will spend 13 years in prison after admitting he helped kill a man.

Noel Gonzalez made a plea deal on second degree murder. He had faced premeditated charges.

Deputies think Gonzalez's friend Noah Matlack was the mastermind behind the attack on Michael Edwards. The 55-year old was found stabbed to death outside his home in Benton City. Knowing Gonzalez could be out by the time he's in his early 30s came as a shock to the victim's family.

"We didn't agree with that. I told the prosecutor I didn't agree with that when he called me last week. I told him the only way our family felt to go down to a second degree would be the top of the guidelines which would have added about seven more years and there's people I know that have done longer for possession of drugs," said James Edwards, the victim's brother.

Co-defendant Noah Matlack, 19, is still facing first-degree murder charges in the case.