01/11/2014 04:33 pm ET Updated Jan 23, 2014

Matthew Hinson Sentenced To Life In Prison For Killing Rival Chicago Bears Fan

JACKSONVILLE, FL - A Florida man charged with killing a Chicago Bears fan at a Jacksonville bar has been sentenced to life in prison.

Matthew Hinson, who pleaded guilty to second-degree murder in May, killed William "Chris" Pettry by slashing his throat at a Jacksonville sports bar in October of 2012.

Hinson reportedly apologized to the Pettry family from the stand before his sentence was handed down, First Coast News reports.

At the time of the attack, the 42-year-old married father of three from suburban Lake Villa was in town with a friend to attend a Bears-Jacksonville Jaguars game. Prosecutors say Hinson, 29, became jealous when he saw Pettry cordially talking to Hinson's wife, the Tribune reports.

After the attack, police say Hinson walked calmly out of the bar with a bloody knife in his pocket, later telling police he didn’t remember his reason for stabbing Pettry, the Sun-Times reports.

Hinson's attorneys had argued their client's service in the Navy left him with post-traumatic stress disorder and alcoholism.



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