Alliance man to serve 30 to 40 years in prison for stabbing death

ALLIANCE - An Alliance man has been sentenced to 30 to 40 years in prison for the 2020 stabbing death of Steven Oliver. 

Alliance police say Oliver was stabbed in the chest by George Smith, 67, during an argument at a residence on Tuluca Ave. on June 19. Police found him in the yard of the residence around 7:30 p.m.

Oliver was transported to Box Butte General Hospital, where he later died.

Box Butte County District Court originally charged Smith with second degree murder. Instead, they found him guilty of manslaughter and use of a deadly weapon to commit a felony in early May this year.