A District man who tried to kill his girlfriend with an ice pick--two months before she was found fatally shot in the head--was sentenced yesterday by a Montgomery County judge to five years in prison.

Circuit Court Judge S. Michael Pincus ordered Luther Morgan, 58, to serve two concurrent five-year sentences on convictions of attempted first-degree murder and inappropriate use of a handgun in the attack on Marquita Suydan, of Silver Spring.

Morgan, whose last address was in the 5200 block of Connecticut Avenue NW, told the court he had been unaware of the plea deal reached May 19 and said his defense attorneys told him he would be "put away" if "I didn't take the plea."

According to police and court records, about 11:20 p.m. on Oct. 31, 1995, Morgan confronted Suydan about rumors that she had begun dating another man and, in a jealous rage, Morgan pulled an ice pick he had hidden in his clothes and stabbed her in her back and hands.

"[Expletive] . . . I'm gon' kill you," Morgan told the woman, according to court documents.

Suydan begged for mercy, then asked Morgan to take her to a hospital. He agreed, according to court records, but Suydan, who had obtained a restraining order against Morgan in 1994, later told police she believed he would kill her if she got into his car.

She ran past Morgan and fled to the apartment building's parking lot, in the 11400 block of Stewart Lane. Security guards called police and paramedics, who took the woman to a nearby hospital for treatment.

Two months later, on Dec. 26, Suydan was found fatally shot in the same apartment parking lot about 5:55 a.m. No one has been charged in her death.

Staff researcher Bobbye Pratt contributed to this report.