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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday, March 31, 2016

District Man Pleads Guilty to Disfiguring Victim In Knife Attack in Southeast Washington

Victim Suffered 28 Wounds to Face and Body

            WASHINGTON - Meguiel Jackson, 36, of Washington, D.C., pled guilty today to a charge of malicious disfigurement while armed for cutting a woman approximately 28 times, all over her body, with a knife in an attack that occurred at an apartment building in Southeast Washington, U.S. Attorney Channing D. Phillips announced.

            Jackson pled guilty in the Superior Court of the District of Columbia. The plea, which is contingent upon the Court’s approval, calls for a prison sentence of 12 years.  The Honorable José M. López scheduled sentencing for June 3, 2016.

            According to the government’s evidence, on the evening of Jan. 22, 2016, Jackson entered an apartment building in the 4700 block of C Street SE.  He was brought to an apartment by the victim, and she permitted him into her bedroom.  Jackson became angry when the victim refused to allow him to inspect her cellular telephone to see her text messages.  At one point, he said words to the effect of “I am tired of you ---,” and began to assault her. She lost consciousness.  While she was unconscious, Jackson took a knife and began to cut her.

            Jackson cut the victim’s body approximately 28 times all over, including her face, her chest, her back, her buttocks, and her legs.  Some of the wounds were so deep that tissue was exposed.  Jackson ultimately broke the knife in the process of cutting her.  He then left the building later that evening. He was arrested Jan. 30, 2016 and has been in custody ever since.

            The victim was found to have suffered a total of 28 wounds to the face and body. Also, during the attack, she received a broken jaw and a broken orbital bone in her face.  The victim is permanently disfigured as a result of the injuries inflicted by Jackson.

            In announcing the plea, U.S. Attorney Phillips commended the work of the detectives of the Metropolitan Police Department’s Sixth District, the patrol officers who responded in a major snowstorm to the crime scene, and the crime scene officers who processed the scene.  U.S. Attorney Phillips also commended the efforts of those who worked on the case from the U.S. Attorney’s Office, including Victim/Witness Advocate Shawn Slade; Supervisor Security Specialist Michael Hailey; Victim/Witness Security Specialist M. Laverne Forrest; and Paralegal Specialist Tierra Nanches.  Finally, U.S. Attorney Phillips thanked Assistant U.S. Attorneys Stuart D. Allen and Julianne Johnston, who investigated and prosecuted the case.

Topic(s): 
Violent Crime
Press Release Number: 
16-056
Updated March 31, 2016