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14 years for D.C. teen in friend’s stabbing death

A 17-year-old District youth was sentenced to 14 years in prison Friday in the October stabbing murder of his teenage friend, authorities said.

Derek Johnson pleaded guilty to second-degree murder in November in D.C. Superior Court.

Johnson and Jamar Freeman, also 17, fought on Oct. 8 because Johnson believed Freeman had broken into his house and stolen personal items earlier in the fall, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office.

The fight, which took place about 7:30 p.m. outside the Raymond Recreation Center in Northwest, ended after Johnson drew a knife and stabbed Freeman in the chest.

Freeman ran into an alleyway and collapsed, authorities said. He died later that night.


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