A 28-year-old Baltimore man was sentenced to life in prison Thursday for murdering a Marine last year after a fight at a house party, the Baltimore State's Attorney's Office announced.

Michael Wiggins, of the 2400 block of Maisel Court, stabbed Pvt. Darius Ray at a celebration for the Marine's 20th birthday. Wiggins was convicted in October of murder, assault and related counts. Two other men involved in the altercation were convicted of assault.

"While I am gratified by the conviction and life sentence, I continue to mourn the loss of a young man who was dedicating his life to our nation and the protection of others," Baltimore State's Attorney Gregg Bernstein said in a statement. "I hope this outcome can help Private Ray's loved ones achieve a sense of closure."

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