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District Man Pleads Guilty to Fatally Stabbing Man in Attack in Southeast Washington

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, District of Columbia
Victim Suffered At Least 27 Stab Wounds

            WASHINGTON – Marcel Jackson, 35, of Washington, D.C., pleaded guilty today to fatally stabbing a man earlier this year in Southeast Washington, announced U.S. Attorney Matthew M. Graves and Robert J. Contee III, Chief of the Metropolitan Police Department (MPD). 

            Jackson pleaded guilty in the Superior Court of the District Columbia to a charge of voluntary manslaughter while armed. The plea agreement, which is contingent upon the Court’s approval, calls for an agreed-upon term of 9 ½-to-11 ½ years in prison. The Honorable Marisa Demeo scheduled sentencing for Jan. 6, 2023.

            According to the government’s evidence, on May 8, 2022, at approximately 11:25 p.m., Jackson approached the victim, Antonio Jones, in the 2800 block of Hartford Street SE, with two knives in both of his hands. He stabbed Mr. Jones multiple times and stood over his body for a short period of time. Then he walked away.

            Mr. Jones, 22, suffered at least 27 stab wounds to his body, and died at the scene.

            Jackson was arrested on May 10, 2022. He has been in custody ever since.

            In announcing the plea, U.S. Attorney Graves and Chief Contee commended the work of those who investigated the case from the Criminal Investigations Division Homicide Branch of the Metropolitan Police Department. They acknowledged the efforts of those who worked on the case from the U.S. Attorney’s Office, including Paralegal Specialist Lashone Samuels and Victim/Witness Specialist Amy Trotto.

            Finally, they commended the efforts of Assistant U.S. Attorney Shehzad Akhtar, who investigated and prosecuted the case.


Updated October 27, 2022

Violent Crime
Press Release Number: 22-372