13 years for 2009 fatal D.C. stabbing
D. C. Superior Court Judge Gerald Fisher sentenced a District man to 13 years in prison Friday for a 2009 fatal stabbing during a fistfight.
In October, a jury found Adrian Lee, 35, guilty of voluntary manslaughter and carrying a deadly weapon in connection with the fatal stabbing of Chiagbanwe Ukaoma, 22.
According to prosecutors, Ukaoma and several of his relatives were purchasing food at the Howard China carry-out in the 2800 block of Georgia Ave. NW on Feb. 25, 2009, when Ukaoma and his family encountered Lee and his friends.
Outside the carryout, according to court documents, one of Lee's friends got into a fight with Ukaoma's brother, and both groups got into a physical altercation. During the melee, prosecutors said, Lee stabbed Ukaoma through the heart.
Lee said he was protecting himself and the incident was self-defense. But prosecutors rejected the assertion primarily on the evidence that Lee was carrying a weapon at the time.
Keith L. Alexander
| January 14, 2011; 5:00 PM ET
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