The male who fatally stabbed and kick a 24-year-old foreigner on a Washington, D.C. Metro sight in 2015 has been condemned to 35 years in prison.
Jasper Spires perceived a judgment of jail time and 5 years of trial on Friday afternoon for a murder that dumbfounded a city. A defence understanding authorised him to equivocate a life sentence.
Spires killed Kevin Sutherland on house a Red Line Metro sight on Jul 4, 2015, stabbing him dozens of times after perplexing to take his phone.
Sutherland’s mother, Theresa Sutherland, conspicuous she believed probity had been served.
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“The fact that he finally did accept shortcoming for what he did, we felt that a 35 afterwards was justified,” she said.
Sutherland’s father, Douglas Sutherland, voiced care for Spires and his family.
“There was zero though unhappiness in a court. we feel low unhappiness for him. we feel low unhappiness for his family. He took one life and he broken his own,” he said.
Spires’ counsel conspicuous he was mentally ill and had begun to hear voices during a time of a crime, when he was 18. Spires apologized and review a brief statement. His counsel conspicuous Spires conspicuous several times he wished he could take Sutherland’s place.
Sutherland was on his approach to a 4th of Jul celebration when Spires pounded him. He got on a sight during a Rhode Island Metro hire and was pounded before a sight reached a subsequent station.
Prosecutors conspicuous Spires pounded Sutherland during random.
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Metro notice video showed what happened before a stabbing.
Spires was hire nearby a transport machines during a Rhode Island Avenue Metro hire about 12:40 p.m. when Sutherland walked by a turnstiles, officials said. Sutherland went adult a escalator, walked to a front of a height and waited for a downtown-bound train.
Spires went adult to a height a brief while later, officials said. As he stepped off a escalator, he put on gloves. He afterwards walked toward a front of a height and waited for a same downtown-bound train, officials said.
Both group boarded a second automobile of a train. Sutherland sat down in a center of a car.
The sight was en track to a subsequent station, NoMa-Galludet, when Spires snatched Sutherland’s phone from his hand. Spires afterwards pounded his plant with a knife, officials said.
According to officials, Spires stabbed Sutherland in a abdomen, back, sides and arms repeatedly. Sutherland fell on a floor, and Spires continued to gash him. Officials contend Spires also kicked Sutherland in a physique and head.
As a conflict concluded, Spires threw a dungeon phone during Sutherland, conflict him in a head.
Spires also threatened one declare who attempted to forewarn a sight operator, revelation them to “shut up” while brandishing a knife, officials said.
He attacked and threatened dual other people on a train, including one comparison citizen, News4 reported.
When a sight arrived during a NoMa-Galludet station, Spires began to flee. Officials conspicuous he ran down a stairs and threw a bloody blade in a rabble can.
Spires forsaken his trek while hopping over a turnstiles during a station. He incited around, though eventually continued to run divided though it, officials said.
Witnesses waited with Sutherland as his assailant fled. Metro employees and associate passengers called 911, though Sutherland was nonchalant when initial responders arrived, officials said. He was conspicuous passed during a scene.
Sutherland, who had interned for U.S. Rep. Jim Himes, was stabbed 19 times and cut 16 times, military said. Several of a gash wounds were low adequate to repairs his inner organs.
Spires was arrested dual days later.
Spires, who attended Louisburg College in North Carolina, was certified to psychiatric comforts during slightest dual times in a 3 months before a attack, The Washington Post reported. He displayed “bizarre and warlike behavior” during one trickery and indispensable to be restrained, a Post reported.
“Yes, my customer has mental problems, though he is trusting of these charges,” Spires’ lawyer, Antoini Jones conspicuous during a justice conference final year, a Post reported. “D.C. military need to locate a genuine killer. No one identified my customer as a killer.”
A grand jury indicted Spires in 2016 on charges of first-degree murder while armed (premeditated and transgression murder) with aggravating circumstances, attack with a dangerous weapon, armed spoliation of a comparison citizen, armed robbery, and carrying a arms outward a home or business.
Spires’ counsel requested that he offer his time in a Bureau of Prisons medical facility. The decider conspicuous she can't sequence that though will advise it.
But zero will move Sutherland back.
“I skip my son each day,” his father conspicuous outward a courthouse.