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Friday, June 22, 2012

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District Man Sentenced to 12-Year Prison Term
For Stabbing That Left Victim Partially Paralyzed
- During Crime, He Tells the Victim: “I Told You I Was Going to Kill You” -

     WASHINGTON – Alphonso Oliver, 23, of Washington, D.C., has been sentenced to a 12-year prison term for a stabbing that has left a man partially paralyzed, U.S. Attorney Ronald C. Machen Jr. announced today.

     Oliver pled guilty in February 2012 in the Superior Court of the District of Columbia to aggravated assault while armed. He was sentenced on June 20, 2012, by the Honorable Florence Pan. In sentencing the defendant, Judge Pan granted the government’s request for an upward departure from the Court’s voluntary sentencing guidelines, which had a range of four to 10 years in prison. She cited the severity of the victim’s injury and the unprovoked nature of the attack.

     According to a proffer of evidence, agreed to by the defendant as well as the government, late on Aug. 9, 2011, Oliver went to the home of his child’s mother in the 1300 block of Morris Road SE. As she opened the door so that her male friend could exit, Oliver ran inside the home. He brandished a knife and stabbed the man on the left side of his neck. Oliver stood over the victim, and said to him, “I told you I was going to kill you.” He then fled the location.

     Oliver was subsequently arrested on a warrant in October 2011.

     The government’s investigation revealed that Oliver had never met the victim in person, but that they had a prior exchange over the telephone regarding the victim’s dating of the defendant’s child’s mother. At the time of the stabbing, the woman had a civil protection order that prohibited Oliver from being within 100 feet of her home.

     As a result of his injuries, the victim, now 30, was initially paralyzed from the neck downward. Since the initial attack, the victim has regained mobility on the left side of his body, but remains paralyzed on the right side of his body and is confined to a wheelchair.

     In announcing the sentence, U.S. Attorney Ronald Machen commended the Metropolitan Police Department for its work on the investigation. He also commended the efforts of paralegal assistant Joyce Arthur, and Victim Witness Advocate Meshall Thomas. Finally, he praised the work of Assistant U.S. Attorney Michelle Bradford, who prosecuted the case.

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