Brother Who Stabbed Brother Gets Plea Deal

Coral Springs 15-year-old facing manslaughter charge

By Brian Hamacher
|  Tuesday, Jan 12, 2010  |  Updated 5:12 PM EDT
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William Gorzynski seems distraught after stabbing his little brother in the chest.

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Thomas Gorzynski speaks for the first time since his 15-year-old son William Gorzynski stabbed his younger brother to death.
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The Coral Springs teen accused of stabbing his brother to death in a fight over a computer will be tried as an adult but will face a lesser charge.

William Gorzynski, 15, was formally charged with manslaughter today in the death of his 14-year-old brother Matthew in October.

Gorzynski had been facing charges of 2nd degree murder. He is facing a maximum of 15 years behind bars, but may get only a year in a juvenile detention facility if a judge accepts a plea deal released late Tuesday.

Prosecutors said Gorzynski will receive juvenile sanctions that include up to 12 months in a juvenile offender program and supervised release possibly up to his 19th birthday. If he doesn't re-offend during that time, the charge will remain only on his juvenile record.

Earlier in the day, a Broward judge set bond at $10,000 for the teen who has been in a juvenile detention center since the Oct. 26 stabbing that left his brother dead.

According to police, the brothers had been arguing over the volume of the computer in their home when William stabbed Matthew with a kitchen knife.

Gorzynski's lawyer, David Bogenschutz, has maintained that the teen acted in self defense.

"Everybody on both sides agrees it's an aberration and a tragedy," Bogenschutz said after today's hearing.

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