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Monday, June 11, 2018

District Man Sentenced to 15 ½ Years in Prison for Stabbing Two People in Southeast Washington

Defendant Stabbed One Victim in the Back as He Tried to Flee

            WASHINGTON - Ulysses Goodine, 39, of Washington, D.C., was sentenced today to a 15 ½-year prison term for stabbing a man in Southeast Washington and then stabbing a woman who tried to stop the attack, U.S. Attorney Jessie K. Liu announced.

            Goodine was found guilty by a jury in March 2018 of one count each of aggravated assault while armed and assault with significant bodily injury while armed, and two counts of assault with a dangerous weapon. The verdict followed a trial in the Superior Court of the District of Columbia. Goodine was sentenced by the Honorable Juliet McKenna. Upon completion of his prison term, he will be placed on five years of supervised release.

            According to the government’s evidence, on Oct. 18, 2016, at approximately 10:45 p.m., Goodine got into an altercation with a 19-year-old man in in the 5000 block of D Street SE. The altercation followed a series of interactions between the two men that evening that had ranged from verbal exchanges to a friendly handshake. The chain of events ended with Goodine calling the victim over to him and stabbing him several times in the arm, shoulder, and back. The most severe wound – which penetrated the victim’s chest cavity and collapsed his lung – was delivered to the back, as the victim was attempting to run away. In addition to stabbing this victim, Goodine attacked a woman who tried to intervene by stabbing her in the hand.

            Goodine was arrested on Oct. 21, 2016, and has been in custody ever since. At sentencing, the government noted that Goodine now has 15 convictions as an adult, including for offenses such as distribution of drugs and assaults.

            In announcing the sentence, U.S. Attorney Liu commended the work of those who investigated the case from the Metropolitan Police Department and the United States Park Police. She also acknowledged the efforts of those who worked on the case from the U.S. Attorney’s Office, including Assistant U.S. Attorneys Kathryn Rakoczy, Jennifer Kerkhoff, and Laura A. Bach; Michael Ambrosino, Special Counsel for DNA and Forensic Evidence Litigation; Forensic Operation/Program Specialist Benjamin Kagan-Guthrie; Paralegal Specialists Antoinette Sakamsa and Tierra Nanches; Litigation Technology Specialist Claudia Gutierrez, and Victim/Witness Security Specialists Debra Cannon and Lesley Slade.

            Finally, she expressed appreciation for the work of Assistant U.S. Attorneys Ellen D’Angelo and Maryam Adeyola, who investigated and prosecuted the case.

Violent Crime
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Updated June 11, 2018