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Man Sentenced in 2023 Navy Yard Metro Stabbing

Michael Harrington, 43, was sentenced June 7 to 84 months in prison for stabbing a woman 12 times on a green line metro train in September 2023.

On March 5, Harrington pled guilty in the Superior Court of the District of Columbia to charges of assault with intent to kill.

The US Attorney argued that Harrington attacked the victim on a Metro train on September 3, 2023 without provocation.

That Sunday, the victim was riding a Metro train approaching the Navy Yard-Ball Park Station when Harrington approached her. The US Attorney said that Harrington repeatedly stabbed her in her head and body, saying he would kill her.

The victim remained on the train car, bleeding from stab wounds as Harrington fled. Police and DC Fire Emergency Medical Services (DC FEMS) arrived and the victim was transported to the hospital in critical condition.

Justice officials said the victim sustained twelve stab wounds to her head, hip, foot, hands and leg, but survived the assault.

Harrington was arrested by Arlington Police the following morning, Monday, Sept. 4, after he triggered a fire alarm in an apartment building.

Based on evidence of drug and mental health issues, Harrington was permitted to enter an Alford plea at court.

Based in precedent set in Alford v. North Carolina, 400 U.S. 25 (1970), it means that Harrington did not have to admit to guilt or recall the facts constituting the offense but would accept the sentence.

In addition to the prison term, Judge Maribeth Raffinan ordered Harrington to serve three years of supervised release on June 7 and ordered him to pay $100 to the Superior Court’s Crime Victims Compensation Fund.

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