Wednesday, Jan. 9, 2008

Man sentenced in Laurel stabbing

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A U.S. District Judge sentenced a Silver Spring man who stabbed a woman in the Patuxent Wildlife Refuge last May to more than eight years in prison.

James Davis, 53, was found guilty of attempted murder in the May 9 stabbing. Davis stabbed the back of the woman’s neck with a folding knife after she told him she wasn’t interested in pursuing a romantic relationship with him. As she then reached for the wound, Davis stabbed the base of her throat. She fell to the ground and Davis dragged her for about 100 feet down the walking path.

Two witnesses saw Davis, who told them someone had been hurt. Davis then fled the scene. Prince George’s County Police and the FBI later arrested him. Davis will serve 97 months, and then will be on three years of supervised release.

E-mail Elahe Izadi at eizadi@gazette.net.