Annapolis man, 19, given 5-year manslaughter term Acquaintance stabbed after drug deal went sour


A 19-year-old Annapolis man was sentenced in Anne Arundel Circuit Court yesterday to five years in prison for manslaughter in the stabbing death of an acquaintance last June after a drug deal that went sour.

William A. Graham of the 100 block of Cranes Crook Court was sentenced by Judge Raymond G. Thieme Jr. in the June 27, 1995, slaying of Michael Wilson David Jones, 17, of Arnold.

Graham, Jones and three friends met at Annapolis Mall about 7 p.m. June 26 and went to Cape St. Claire Beach to drink two cases of malt liquor.

Graham then drove them to an Annapolis housing complex to buy drugs, according to testimony at his trial in April.

As Graham negotiated from behind the wheel of his car for PCP, someone ran up to his car, grabbed his wallet containing $300, and ran off with it, according to testimony.

Graham drove Jones home to the first block of Old Frederick Road in Arnold, where the two men argued. Graham was knocked unconscious, according to testimony.

Graham told the judge that when he regained consciousness, he saw Jones coming toward him from a few feet away. Graham grabbed a fishing knife from his car and stabbed Jones.

Graham, who was convicted of manslaughter April 16, could have been sentenced to 10 years.

Pub Date: 6/25/96

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