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Monday, April 1, 2013
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Maryland Man Sentenced to 13-Year Prison Term
For Repeatedly Stabbing a Man in 2012 Attack
-Victim Was Dating Defendant’s Ex-Girlfriend-
WASHINGTON - Eugene Freeman, 30, of Temple Hills, Md., has been sentenced to a 13-year prison term on charges stemming from an attack in which he repeatedly stabbed a man who was dating his ex-girlfriend, U.S. Attorney Ronald C. Machen Jr. announced today.
Freeman was found guilty by a jury in December 2012, following a trial in the Superior Court of the District of Columbia, of charges of aggravated assault while armed, mayhem while armed, assault with a dangerous weapon and assault with significant bodily injury. He was sentenced March 29, 2013 by the Honorable Florence Pan.
According to the government’s evidence, Freeman and his former girlfriend broke up in April 2012 and have two children. Shortly after the break-up, the ex-girlfriend began dating the victim, and Freeman began to threaten them. On May 20, 2012 at approximately 8:30 p.m., Freeman went to his ex-girlfriend’s house in the 4500 block of South Capitol Street to pick up the two children. As Freeman walked away from the building with his children, the victim came around the corner. Freeman turned around, saw the victim and went after him with a knife.
As the confrontation continued, outside and inside the building - witnessed by the children - Freeman stabbed the victim twice in the back. He then cornered the victim underneath the stairwell of the building and repeatedly stabbed him. All told, Freeman stabbed the victim six times, including once in the eye. The victim lost his left eye as a result of the assault.
In announcing the sentence, U.S. Attorney Machen commended the work of those who investigated the case from the Metropolitan Police Department (MPD). He also acknowledged the efforts of those who worked in the case from the U.S. Attorney’s Office, including Litigation Technology Specialist Leif Hickling; Victim/Witness Advocates Maria Shumar and Shawn Slade; Paralegal Specialists D’Yvonne Key and Kristy Penny, and Assistant U.S. Attorney Adrienne Dedjinou, who prosecuted the matter.