A Rock Hill teen pleaded guilty Tuesday in the stabbing death of a 21-year-old man during a birthday party.
Caleb Preston George, 17, of 3250 New Castle Drive pleaded guilty during a court hearing to voluntary manslaughter and possession of a knife during the commission of a violent crime in the death of Jake Randall Miller of York.
George's sentencing will be delayed until he undergoes an evaluation, Judge Henry T. Woods said.
George will be sent to the Department of Juvenile Justice, where he can be kept until age 21, said Deputy Solicitor Willy Thompson.
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The charges against George stem from a dispute that happened between Miller and George at a Clover house on Dec. 2.
"They were at a party," Thompson said. "There was drinking involved."
Miller and George argued about Miller's girlfriend, Thompson said.
"They are face to face as they are leaving out of the room," Thompson said. "Mr. George reaches into a wood block and pulls out a knife."
George, then 16, stabbed Miller in the neck, according to a report from the York County Sheriff's Office.
The report also states Miller had lost a large amount of blood when police found him in a chair in the kitchen. Miller was flown to Carolinas Medical Center in Charlotte, where he died the next day.
George, who had a bloody mouth and broken nose, fled but later turned himself into authorities.
In court Tuesday, Miller's family cried as his pregnant girlfriend, Kaylie Singletary, looked on.
"The look on his face when he found out I was pregnant was precious," she said. "Now, I don't have him with me anymore. Just to know he was done so wrong, it just sickens me."
Miller's mother, Kitty Miller, spoke of her grief.
"I will never get to hold my son again and tell him how proud I am of the man he became," she said. "Jake was looking forward to being a husband and a father. Caleb George changed all that."
George remained in custody Tuesday at a state prison.