NEW HAVEN, Conn. (WTNH) — A Meriden man was sentenced for a deadly stabbing during a fight outside the Corner Cafe in Wallingford in January 2021.

A judge sentenced 25-year-old Kristopher Carlson in the death of 32-year-old Ernesto G. Cipolli III, of Wallingford, to 16 years in prison.

Prosecutors said Carlson stabbed Cipolli multiple times during a fight outside the cafe on Jan. 16, 2021. He was found guilty of first-degree manslaughter in May.

At the sentencing hearing Tuesday, family members of Carlson and Cipolli gave statements to the court.

Before imposing the sentence, the judge said the incident was a “wholly avoidable tragedy,” according to the New Haven State’s Attorney’s Office.