Wednesday, Jan. 9, 2008

Man sentenced to eight years for stabbing woman

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A Silver Spring man was sentenced to more than eight years in prison Tuesday on an attempted murder charge in connection with the stabbing of a woman in a Laurel park last year, the United States Attorney’s Office for Maryland said.

James P. Davis, 53, also will have three years of supervised release once he leaves prison under the sentence handed out in Greenbelt by U.S. District Court Judge Alexander Williams Jr.

Davis and the victim were walking in the Patuxent Wildlife Refuge on May 9 when Davis said he was interested in a romantic relationship, according to his plea agreement.

When the victim rebuffed him, Davis stabbed her in the neck and throat with a folding knife, the plea agreement said. Davis then dragged the victim 100 feet down a walking path. Two women soon saw Davis running and covered with blood, and Davis told them someone had been hurt, pointing to where he left the victim, according to his plea agreement.

Davis also directed an officer in the refuge toward the victim, after which point he fled the park, according to his plea agreement. Prince George’s County Police and the FBI arrested Davis later that day at Sibley Memorial Hospital in Washington, D.C.

The victim is still recovering after undergoing five surgeries to her throat and hands from wounds she suffered, according to information released in court.