A D.C. Superior Court judge on June 28 sentenced District resident Ali Jackson, 20, to seven-and-a-half years in prison for the June 2012 stabbing of a 16-year-old gay male outside the city’s Howard Theatre.
A statement released by the Office of the United States Attorney for the District of Columbia says prosecutors classified the incident as a hate crime based on evidence that Jackson made threatening statements and anti-gay slurs at the time of the attack.
“Violence fueled by hate tears at the fabric of our society,” said U.S. Attorney for D.C. Ronald Machen in the statement. “As this prison sentence demonstrates, in the District of Columbia, we have zero tolerance for violent crimes driven by ignorant prejudice.”
Jackson pled guilty in January to a charge of assault with intent to kill in connection with the stabbing incident. The sentence handed down against him on June 28 by Judge Patricia Broderick came after two others involved in the incident pled guilty in March to a charge of simple assault.
Police and prosecutors said Ali Jackson’s sister, Alvonica Jackson, 26, and her boyfriend, Desmond Campbell, 34, held the victim by his arms and neck, preventing him from fleeing as Ali Jackson stabbed him with a knife three times – in the left arm, the left side of his back, and the left leg. Alvonica Jackson and Campbell also hurled slurs at the victim during the attack, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office statement.
Alvonica Jackson was sentenced earlier this year to 360 days of incarceration with all but 30 days suspended. She had also been charged with second-degree theft for stealing money at the Howard Theatre. Campbell was sentenced to 180 days in jail with all but 30 days suspended. The suspended part of the sentences for both is contingent on their complying with the terms of two years of probation following their release from jail, to which they were also sentenced.