Stabbing in Columbia yields a 15-year term

March 07, 2007|By Tyrone Richardson | Tyrone Richardson,sun reporter

A 26-year-old Baltimore man who pleaded guilty to first-degree assault in the stabbing of a friend during a dispute last summer has been sentenced to 15 years in prison.

Montaque Edward Butler of the 2500 block of W. Fairmont St. was accused of stabbing Leonard Marvin Brooks, 29, during an argument at Brooks' Columbia townhouse in the 10200 block of Sherman Heights Place on July 11, according to court documents.

On Monday, Howard County Circuit Judge Diane O. Leasure sentenced Butler to 15 years in prison, running concurrently with a sentence of six years he received for violating probation after a 2006 drug conviction in Baltimore Circuit Court, according to T. Wayne Kirwan, a spokesman for Howard County state's attorney's office.

Brooks told investigators that Butler, a friend who occasionally gave him money to stay at his house, was sleeping over. During an argument about 3 a.m., Butler retrieved a 12-inch knife from the kitchen and stabbed Brooks repeatedly in the neck, according to court documents.

Brooks told police that Butler held him for an hour before he could escape and get help. Brooks called 911 and ran to The Mall in Columbia, where janitors found him. Shortly afterward, police officers found Butler walking along U.S. Route 29 in Columbia with blood on his clothes.

Howard County prosecutors dropped attempted murder and false imprisonment charges.

tyrone.richardson@baltsun.com

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