Man pleads in stabbing

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A Sharon man pleaded guilty Monday to fatally stabbing a Sharon woman more than 30 times.

Anthony Argenziano, 20, pleaded guilty Monday to third-degree murder in Mercer County Common Pleas Court.

There is no agreed upon recommended sentence. Agrenziano is facing between 20 and 40 years in prison on the charge. He will be sentenced Aug. 30.

Argenziano was charged in the stabbing of Tracey Goga, 42, on June 7, 2012. She was found two days later inside her East State Street apartment.

First-degree murder charges were reduced after consulting with Goga’s family because investigators found evidence Argenziano was under the influence of drugs at the time, which could have negated the intent-to-kill requirement for first-degree murder.

Argenziano told investigators he “snapped” and said “he’d done something bad,” according to records.

Records showed witnesses saw Argenziano walking near Goga’s apartment at about the time of the murder. Police said he stole Goga’s minivan following the stabbing.

Investigators at the time said Argenziano was known to abuse prescription drugs.

Police apprehended Argenziano with a knife in his pocket at the Greyhound bus station in Youngstown waiting for a ride to New York.

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