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Posted at 5:00 PM ET, 01/14/2011

13 years for 2009 fatal D.C. stabbing

By Keith L. Alexander
Keith L. Alexander

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.

By Keith L. Alexander  | January 14, 2011; 5:00 PM ET
Categories:  From the Courthouse, Keith L. Alexander, The District  
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Comments

13 years for killing an african. Thats about right. Good thing he did not kill a white then he would have gotten life.

Posted by: pt1836metz | January 14, 2011 11:26 PM | Report abuse

I agree.This senseless killing no matter who it is should be punished by life in prison.
Both black and white communities have to learn the lesson.

Posted by: captgrumpy | January 16, 2011 5:37 PM | Report abuse

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