Man Sentenced to 16 Years for Stabbing Death in Wallingford

NBC Connecticut

A man has been sentenced to 16 years in prison after the fatal stabbing of another man during an argument in a Wallingford parking lot on the night of Jan. 16, 2021.

Officers responded to the parking lot of the Corner Cafe on Church Street around 10:25 p.m. that Saturday night after getting a report of a serious assault.

When police arrived, they said they found 32-year-old Ernest Cipolli III, of Wallingford, on the ground. He was bleeding from what appeared to be numerous stab wounds, they said.

Cipolli died from his injuries on the way to the hospital, police said.

According to investigators, Cipolli and then-23-year-old Kristopher Carlson, of Meriden, had an argument in the parking lot of the Corner Cafe.

During the argument, Carlson approached Cipolli and stabbed him numerous times with a knife, authorities said.

Carlson left the scene, but was later found and taken into custody and was charged with murder.

He has been sentenced to 16 years in prison.

Prior to imposing the 16-year sentence, Judge Elpedio Vitale remarked that the incident was a wholly avoidable tragedy, according to a news release from the state Division of Criminal Justice.

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