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Monday, March 12, 2012

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District Man Sentenced to More Than Four Years in Prison
For Stabbing a Homeless Man in Northwest Washington
- Victim Was in a Sleeping Bag When He Was Attacked Last Fall -

     WASHINGTON - Percy W. Carter, 53, of Washington, D.C., was sentenced today to a total of 56 months of incarceration on a charge stemming from the stabbing of a homeless man last fall, U.S. Attorney Ronald C. Machen Jr. announced.

     Carter pled guilty in January 2012 to one count of assault with a dangerous weapon. He was sentenced by the Honorable Lynn Leibovitz in the Superior Court of the District of Columbia. Upon completion of his prison term, Carter will be placed on three years of supervised release.

     According to the government’s evidence, on November 5, 2011, at about 6:30 a.m., Carter approached the victim, a 48-year-old homeless man, as he slept beside a building in the 1300 block of 18th Street NW. The victim and Carter knew each other from prior interactions. Carter accused the victim of getting involved with Carter’s girlfriend. He then pulled out a large knife, knelt down over the victim, who was still in his sleeping bag, and stabbed him five or six times.

     Two of the strikes penetrated the victim’s bedding and clothes and cut into him near his ribs. The victim managed to grab at Carter’s hand and they began wrestling over the knife. Carter continued yelling his girlfriend’s name and that he was killing the victim. As they struggled, the victim eventually was able to get away. Carter then fled. Police and medical personnel responded, and the victim was rushed to the hospital. He had suffered two stab wounds, one of which punctured his right lung.

     In announcing the sentence, U.S. Attorney Machen commended the work of the Metropolitan Police Department, especially Detective Todd Amis. U.S. Attorney Machen also expressed appreciation to Assistant U.S. Attorney Trevor N. McFadden of the Second District Unit of the Superior Court Felony Major Crimes Section, who investigated and prosecuted the case.





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