Sentencing set Aug. 10 in 2006 fatal stabbing

May 12, 2007

A 41-year-old man pleaded guilty to second-degree murder yesterday as part of a plea agreement stemming from a fatal stabbing in a city home last June.

Mark Brooks of the 2200 block of Clifton Ave. could receive a prison term of 25 years with no more than 15 years suspended when he is sentenced Aug. 10 by Baltimore Circuit Court Judge Wanda K. Heard, according to the city state's attorney's office.

Natasha Sarchiapone, 26, of the 2000 block of Griddle Ave, pleaded guilty to second-degree assault and first-degree breaking and entering. Heard sentenced her to 20 years in prison, with all but seven years suspended, and three years' probation.

Sarchiapone spent much of June 24, 2006, using drugs at the home of Russell Duckworth, 33, in the 4800 block of Pennington Ave., prosecutors said.

Duckworth told Sarchiapone to leave and physically removed her when she refused, prosecutors said. Sarchiapone returned with Brooks, and as Sarchiapone assaulted a woman in the home, Brooks attacked Duckworth, hitting him 12 times with a sharp object, prosecutors said. Police found Duckworth suffering from stab wounds when they were called about 11:30 p.m. He died a short time later at Harbor Hospital.

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