Guilty plea in brother's fatal stabbing
A D.C. man Wednesday pled guilty in D.C. Superior Court to the fatal stabbing of his brother in the lobby of their Adams Morgan apartment building.
Deon E. Thornton, 21, pled guilty to one count of voluntary manslaughter while armed in the Feb. 11 stabbing death of his brother Derrick, 22 after an argument around 7:40 p.m.
Prosecutors say the men lived together in an apartment in 2200 block of Champlain St. On the early evening of Feb. 11, Deon Thornton had been drinking alcohol and initiated an argument with his brother in the lobby of the apartment building.
Their grandmother tried to break up the fight, authorities said, before Deon Thornton pulled out a knife and stabbed his brother several times in his chest. He also cut one of his grandmothers' fingers.
The incident was captured by security cameras, which showed Thornton stabbing his brother then fleeing the building. Police arrested Thornton later that evening, according to court documents.
It was unclear what prompted the argument and attack. But in court, prosecutors said Thornton told authorities he "wanted to kill his brother or inflict serious bodily harm."
Thornton waived his preliminary hearing, which was scheduled for Wednesday, and instead accepted the plea. About 10 members of the Thornton family were in the courtroom for the plea; the declined comment.
Thornton faces 30 years in prison. He is scheduled to be sentenced by Judge Gerald I. Fisher on April 29.
Keith L. Alexander
| February 23, 2011; 4:23 PM ET
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