A former Ohio college student has confessed to fatally stabbing his fraternity brother and roommate after a drunken argument over fast food turned violent. Now, the 23-year-old is facing over a decade behind bars.
Kendal Scheid, a 23-year-old who attended the University of Akron, pleaded guilty to an involuntary manslaughter charge for stabbing best friend Duncan Unternaher in the chest at their off-campus apartment after the pair got into a booze-fueled argument over food, the Akron Beacon Journal reported.
Scheid opted for a plea deal offered by prosecutors that would see him cop to a lesser charge of involuntary manslaughter in Unternaher’s death instead of going on trial for murder, facing up to 11 years in prison. His attorney has painted the slaying as an unintentional tragedy that has torn both families apart.
“Kendal and his family feel Duncan’s loss every day,” said attorney Don Malarcik. “This was a terrible, tragic accident – and Kendal is deeply remorseful.”
Police claim that both Scheid and Unternaher had been drinking and were “highly intoxicated” when they got into a dispute over the fast food they were booth eating. Scheid grabbed a knife and stabbed his friend in the chest, prompting a third roommate to call 911.
While authorities made their way to the apartment, Scheid placed pressure on the wound in an attempt to stop the bleeding. Unternaher, who lost consciousness shortly thereafter, was rushed to the hospital and underwent emergency surgery but succumbed to his injuries two days later.
Scheid remains free on a $60,000 bond pending sentencing and is being monitored with a tracking device. His sentencing is scheduled for December 5, when attorneys on both sides will argue for their suggested sentence. The judge also ordered a pre-sentence investigation and a victim impact statement.