JAY - A Grove man convicted of second-degree manslaughter in the death of a construction worker is eligible for a January parole hearing. 

Herbert Magee II, 31, was sentenced to a 17-year prison term for the 1999 stabbing death of Michael Thomas Jeffers, 27, of Casper, Wyo.  Jeffers was living in Grove while working with a construction crew on Sail Boat Bridge on Grand Lake.

Magee’s parole hearing will be heard between January 20 to 23, the Oklahoma Pardon and Parole board confirmed. 

The state medical examiner testified in Magee’s trial Jeffers was stabbed 17 times. Magee admitted stabbing Jeffers six times but said he acted in self-defense.

Witnesses testified during trial that a heated dispute erupted between the two men when Magee returned to Jeffers' home to retrieve personal items that belonged to Magee's cousin, who had been living with Jeffers.

Magee's first two trials ended in mistrials after jurors deadlocked on self-defense issues.