Portland father pleads guilty to killing son, 22

The father and son were fighting over Wi-Fi

Michael Lawson is accused of stabbing his son to death, June 29 2015. (MCSO)
Michael Lawson is accused of stabbing his son to death, June 29 2015. (MCSO)

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) – A Portland man has pleaded guilty to fatally stabbing his son during an argument inside a Portland apartment.

Michael Lawson pleaded guilty to first-degree manslaughter Monday as part of a plea deal that dropped an initial charge of murder for his son’s June 2015 death.

Prosecutors say the 59-year-old Lawson had been high on methamphetamine when he began arguing with his son, Nicholas Lawson, over Wi-Fi.

They say he then grabbed a knife and stabbed the 22-year-old in the chest as he tried to leave the apartment.

Michael Lawson had testified to a grand jury that he stabbed his son in self-defense.

He faces 15 years in prison when he’s sentenced next month.