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District Man Sentenced to Eight Years in Prison for Brutal Stabbing of Defenseless D.C. Resident in Southeast Washington

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, District of Columbia
Defendant Stabbed the Victim Multiple Times in Broad Daylight

            WASHINGTON – Joshua Dorsey, 29, a D.C. resident, was sentenced today in the Superior Court of the District of Columbia to 96 months of incarceration, announced U.S. Attorney Matthew M. Graves for the District of Columbia, and Chief of the Metropolitan Police Department Pamela A. Smith.

            Dorsey was convicted of one count of aggravated assault while armed following his guilty plea on November 17, 2023, before the Honorable Anthony J. Epstein. 

            According to the government’s evidence, on September 26, 2023, the defendant approached the victim near the intersection of MLK Jr. Avenue Southeast and Good Hope Road Southeast and immediately began striking the victim with his fists.  The defendant then took out a knife and began stabbing the victim eight to nine times in the chest and back, causing the victim to suffer from a collapsed lung. The defendant also stabbed the victim in the right eye. It is unclear whether the victim will ever be able to see again. Following the completion of his term of incarceration, the defendant will serve five years of supervised release.

            On March 1, 2024, the defendant will be sentenced in a separate case in Superior Court following his convictions of second-degree cruelty and attempted strangulation.

            In announcing the sentence, U.S. Attorney Graves and Chief Smith acknowledged the work of those who investigated the case from the Metropolitan Police Department.  In addition, they commended the work of Assistant United States Attorney Omeed A. Assefi, who investigated and prosecuted the case.


Updated February 2, 2024

Violent Crime
Press Release Number: 24-90