07/03/2014 04:15 EDT | Updated 09/02/2014 05:59 EDT

Calgary man gets seven years for fatal stabbing, pleaded guilty to lesser charge

CALGARY - A Calgary man who pleaded guilty to manslaughter in the stabbing of his friend has been sentenced to seven years in prison.

Byron Blanchard and 18-year-old Joshua Hogarth were out drinking before being kicked out of a bar in August 2012 for fighting.

Blanchard was initially charged with second-degree murder in Hogarth's death.

With credit for time served, Blanchard still has four years and three months to serve.

The victim's mother, Debbie Hogarth, says she is disappointed with the plea deal.

But she says she’s happy the court process is over and wants to move on with healing after losing her son. (CHQR)