California man sentenced to eight years in stabbing

CNJ staff

A California man was sentenced to eight years in prison Monday in the August 2012 stabbing death of his traveling companion while in Clovis, according to a press release from the district attorney’s office.

Chip Fox, 37, of San Luis Obispo, Calif., was convicted in January by a Curry County jury of voluntary manslaughter and solicitation to tamper with evidence. The original charge against Fox was second-degree murder.

Kevin Reardon, 35, of Valencia, Calif., died of a single stab wound.

According to the press release:

• The two men got into an argument after “huffing “ an aerosol dust cleaner to get high, when Reardon was fatally stabbed by Fox. Reardon was airlifted to a Lubbock hospital, where he later died.

• The two men and a female companion had stopped at the home of a relative in Clovis during a road trip that took them to Austin, Texas, and South Dakota.

• After hearing statements from both families, Judge Stephen Q. Quinn found that Fox is a habitual offender and that voluntary manslaughter is a serious violent offense, meaning that Fox has to serve 85 percent of his sentence in prison.

• Fox was also sentenced to two years probation.