Cory James Maletsky pleaded guilty to voluntary manslaughter Thursday for fatally stabbing his half-brother Christopher Lloyd in South Whitehall last September after a drunken brawl, according to online court documents.
Under the plea, Maletsky, 24, could be sentenced between four and 20 years, according to The Morning Call.
Police had said the half-brothers and two other men were drinking alcohol and watching TV around a fire pit at 1521 N. Leh St.
"[Lloyd] had an unfortunate tendency to become aggressive when he's drinking a lot of hard alcohol," Assistant District Attorney Steve VanNatten said according to an article in The Express-Times.
When Maletsky tried to break up a fight between Lloyd and one of the men, Lloyd grabbed him by the throat and started punching him, according to the Morning Call. Maletsky, who was struggling to breathe, pulled a knife from a sheath in his boot and stabbed Lloyd three times in the abdomen, according to the Express-Times.
Lucy Maletsky, mother of both half-brothers, watched the hearing along with her husband, Josh.
VanNatten said the parents had gone through an incredibly difficult situation. "They've lost one son, and now the other son is incarcerated," he said.