Man convicted of voluntary manslaughter for 2012 killing set for sentencing

A 56-year-old man convicted in January of voluntary manslaughter for fatally stabbing another man near a Burger King in San Francisco is set to be sentenced after a court hearing next week.

Clenny Thierry will be sentenced after receiving an evaluation by the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation, according to officials.

Clenny Thierry was found not guilty of murder, but guilty of voluntary manslaughter, for the slaying outside a Burger King at Ninth and Natoma streets May, 8 2012. The victim, 42-year-old Kenneth Lyon, was sitting on the curb outside the fast-food joint when he was attacked.

As the San Francisco Examiner previously reported, Thierry walked up behind the victim and stabbed him once in the middle of his back at about 6:40 p.m.

The victim had allegedly robbed Thierry, according to the Public Defender’s Office, which said he faced 26 years in prison if convicted of murder.
Both men were homeless.

Thierry was sent by a judge for evaluation at San Quentin in February, according to the District Attorney’s Office. Defendants typically remain in jail until they are sentenced, but in this case judge sent him to state prison for an evaluation, which could impact his sentence.

He is next set to appear in court June 3 to set a date for his sentencing.


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