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District Man Sentenced to 12 Years in Prison For Knife Attack That Disfigured Victim

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, District of Columbia
Victim Suffered 28 Wounds to Face and Body

            WASHINGTON - Meguiel Jackson, 36, of Washington, D.C., was sentenced today to 12 years in prison on 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 March 2016, in the Superior Court of the District of Columbia. The plea, which was contingent upon the Court’s approval, called for a 12-year prison sentence. The Honorable José M. López accepted the plea today and sentenced Jackson accordingly. Following his prison term, Jackson will be placed on five years of supervised release.

            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 sentence, 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.

Updated June 6, 2016

Violent Crime
Press Release Number: 16-095