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District Man Sentenced to Six Years in Prison For Stabbing Man Outside Emergency Shelter

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, District of Columbia
Attack Followed Argument While the Two Men Waited Outside

            WASHINGTON – George Maurice Brooks, 54, of Washington, D.C., was sentenced today to six years in prison for stabbing a man last fall outside an emergency shelter in Northeast Washington, U.S. Attorney Channing D. Phillips announced.


            Brooks pled guilty in January 2017, in the Superior Court of the District of Columbia, to a charge of aggravated assault. The plea, which was contingent upon the Court’s approval, called for an agreed-upon sentence of six years in prison. The Honorable Judith Bartnoff accepted the plea today and sentenced Brooks accordingly. Following his prison term, Brooks will be placed on three years of supervised release.


            According to the government’s evidence, the assault took place at about 4:30 p.m. on Nov. 12, 2016. Brooks and the victim had been in line together outside an emergency shelter in the 2200 block of Adams Place NE and had begun arguing. The argument turned physical, and a security guard separated the men. Minutes later, the argument resumed. Brooks became angry and stabbed the victim numerous times. The victim was taken to a hospital for treatment of stab wounds to the face, ribcage area, and back. Brooks turned himself in a day after the stabbing.


            In announcing the sentence, U.S. Attorney Phillips commended the work of those who investigated the case from the Metropolitan Police Department. He also expressed appreciation for the work of Assistant U.S. Attorneys Richard Barker and Vivien Cockburn, who investigated and prosecuted the case.

Updated March 24, 2017

Press Release Number: 17-063