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U.S. Attorney’s Office
District of Columbia

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Wednesday, July 20, 2016

District Man Sentenced to 4 1/2 Years in Prison For Stabbing Man in Downtown Washington

Attack Took Place After Late-Afternoon Argument on Street

            WASHINGTON- James Newton, 57, of Washington, D.C., has been sentenced to a 54-month prison term after being found guilty of stabbing a pedestrian last year in downtown Washington, U.S. Attorney Channing D. Phillips announced.

            Newton was found guilty on June 16, 2016 in the Superior Court of the District of Columbia of assault with a dangerous weapon.  He was sentenced on July 18, 2016 by the Honorable Juliet McKenna.  Upon completion of his prison term, Newton will be placed on three years of supervised release.

            According to the government’s evidence, on Dec. 19, 2015, at approximately 4 p.m., Newton attacked the victim, a complete stranger, on the corner of 5th and H Streets NW.  Newton and the victim got into an argument. Enraged, Newton brandished a kitchen knife and threatened the victim.  Fearing for his life, the victim attempted to take the knife from Newton.  Newton then stabbed the victim in his upper left thigh.  The Metropolitan Police Department (MPD) responded to the scene and arrested Newton.

            In announcing the sentence, U.S. Attorney Phillips commended the work of those who investigated the case from the D.C. Metropolitan Police Department. He also expressed appreciation for the work of Paralegal Specialist Tiffany Fogle, as well as Assistant U.S. Attorney Nurudeen Elias and Vanessa Goodwin, who investigated and prosecuted the case.

Topic(s): 
Violent Crime
Press Release Number: 
16-136
Updated July 21, 2016