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Man gets 20 years for stabbing

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An Alexandria man was sentenced to 20 years in prison Friday after pleading guilty to the 2009 fatal stabbing of a District man during an argument over the paternity of infant twins.

Patrick Wilson, 25, pleaded guilty in D. C. Superior Court to one count of murder in May in the fatal stabbing of George Wakefield, 29.

Prosecutors said Wilson placed a knife in his backpack, took the Metro to Wakefield’s apartment in the 1100 block of 21st Place NE on Oct. 16. The two men got into a fight in the hallway outside Wakefield’s apartment and Wilson then pulled out the knife and stabbed Wakefield in the abdomen, prosecutors said.

During the sentencing in Judge Lynn Leibovitz’s courtroom, Wilson turned to Wakefield’s family and apologized. Leibovitz called the altercation “beyond senseless” and said Wilson had previous incidents of being unable to control his temper.

-- Keith L. Alexander

By Washington Post editors  |  July 30, 2010; 6:55 PM ET
Categories:  District of Columbia , From the Courthouse , Homicide , Keith L. Alexander  
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