Man sentenced in brutal murder

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A 21-year-old man was sentenced to prison Friday for fatally stabbing a woman more than 30 times.

Anthony Argenziano, of Hermitage, was sentenced to 20 to 40 years in prison Friday in Mercer County Court after he pleaded guilty in June to third-degree murder. The charge was reduced from first-degree murder because Argenziano was under the influence of drugs at the time, prosecutors said.

Argenziano pleaded to killing Tracy Goga, 42, of Sharon in June 2012.

“It was certainly a sentence that is going to protect society,” said District Attorney Robert Kochems. “It’s a sentence that was deserved for the violence of the crime involved.”

Police found Goga several days after she was stabbed between 33 and 35 times in the upstairs of an East State Street apartment in Sharon.

Records say Argenziano was seen walking near Goga’s apartment the day she was killed. Relatives told investigators at the time Argenziano admitted to them “he’d done something bad” and had hurt Goga, according to records.

A friend told investigators Argenziano was sorry for what he did.

Police at the time said Argenziano was known to abuse prescription drugs and stole Goga’s minivan after the murder.

Before the sentence,  several members of Argenziano’s family spoke, asking the judge to give Arenziano a second chance. His mother, Deborah Carroll, said she shares a lot of the blame for what happened, citing years of drug abuse and domestic violence by her and his father when he was a child.

“This is a case where clearly the history of what happened to this young man impacted what happened,” Kochems said. “People who ignore their child or grandson’s drug problem are people who are helping or encouraging this kind of disaster to occur in that person’s life.”

Argenziano had a knife in his pocket when he was arrested by the U.S. Marshal’s Northern Ohio Violent Fugitive Task Force waiting to catch a Greyhound bus in Youngstown that was heading for New York City.

Argenziano apologized to the Goga family and said he thinks about what happened every day.

The Goga family said they are happy with the sentence.

“I never thought this could happen,” Argenziano said. “Tracy was a good friend. I am not making an excuse. There is no excuse. I wish I could take it back.”

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