A District man was sentenced to nine years in prison Friday for the 2012 fatal stabbing of a Washington Hospital Center employee during a fight.
Jonathan Dawkins, 32, was found guilty of voluntary manslaughter by a D.C. Superior Court jury following a May trial in the death of Dwayne Brisbon, 33. According to prosecutors, Dawkins and Brisbon got into a fight in the 400 block of Florida Avenue NW around 2:15 a.m. on May 1, 2012, just minutes after Brisbon left a nightclub near the busy U Street corridor.
During the trial, prosecutors argued Brisbon punched Dawkins following a verbal altercation. Dawkins then stabbed Brisbon in the upper left bicep and neck, piercing his carotid artery and jugular vein. Brisbon, who worked as a CT scan technician at Washington Hospital Center, tried to drive himself to the hospital, prosecutor said, but lost consciousness and crashed in the 500 block of Florida Avenue. NW.
In addition to the prison sentence, Judge Russell F. Canan placed Dawkins on five years of probation following his release.