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Teen Sentenced to 18 Years in Beating

_____ Fatal Beating Case _____
Va. Teen Gets 2 1/2 Years (Washington Post, Jan. 14)

2nd Teen Convicted in Beating (Washington Post, Dec. 22, 1999)

Teen Guilty of Manslaughter (Washington Post, Oct. 22, 1999)

Woman Dies After Beating (Washington Post, July. 2, 1999)

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By Josh White
Washington Post Staff Writer
Thursday, February 10, 2000; 1:00 PM

A 17-year-old girl was sentenced to 18 years in prison today for her role in the fatal beating of a Woodbridge woman who confronted a group of teenagers after a traffic dispute last June.

Kurebia Maria Hampton was convicted of second-degree murder in December after jurors concluded that she acted with malice but did not intend to kill Natalie Giles Davis, 25, during an afternoon fight on a residential street. Witnesses testified during her trial that Hampton repeatedly slammed Davis's head into the pavement after the two got out of their cars during an argument.

Davis died a few days later from injuries she sustained in the fight, which occurred as she and a group of family members-including her two young children-were on their way to church services. Davis and a group of female teenagers had exchanged words because the teenagers were allegedly blocking the exit from a Woodbridge town house community, and the girls then chased Davis and confronted her.

Hampton apologized to Davis's family today in Prince William County Circuit Court before Judge Herman A. Whisenant Jr. sentenced her to 35 years in prison, with 17 of those years suspended. Hampton, who was 16 at the time of the fight, was tried as an adult.

Whisenant did not make a statement before handing down the sentence.

"I think it's a punishment that fits the crime," said Assistant Commonwealth's Attorney James A. Willett. "There's no joy in imposing a serious term of incarceration on someone so young. But given her heightened involvement in the situation ... it's certainly something that justifies that type of sentence."

William J. Baker, Hampton's attorney, said his client is remorseful and characterized the incident as "a fight that got well out of control." He called several witnesses today to testify to Hampton's difficult childhood, much of which was spent without a strong family influence. Hampton's mother was not in the courtroom today.

"If she had been helped before this happened, she wouldn't have been running with the people she was running with," Baker said. "The situation got out of control, and she never intended to kill Ms. Davis."

Teresa Hattie Dixon, 18, was sentenced to 2 years for her involvement in the June fight, after jurors determined that she had kicked Davis during the altercation but did not intend to seriously hurt her. Dixon, who admitted that she retaliated against Davis for hitting her across the face, was convicted of voluntary manslaughter.

None of the other teenagers who were present at the fight was charged with a crime.

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