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Goshen man pleads guilty, but mentally ill for stabbing death

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Elkhart County Jail
Samuel Byfield

A Goshen man pled guilty, but mentally ill for the stabbing death of a car dealer during a test drive. 23-year-old Samuel Byfield will be sentenced next month for the death of 73-year-old Wayne Bontrager. It happened in February of 2022 when Bontrager was stabbed multiple times. He died more than three weeks later. Bontrager and Byfield were on a test drive in a vehicle from Bontrager's used car lot. Police say after the stabbing near Goshen, Byfield drove to an area just west of Middlebury where he ran off before being captured.