Metro Red Line murderer sentenced to 35 years

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WASHINGTON, D.C. -- A Washington, D.C. man who murdered a fellow Red Line train passenger in 2015 was sentenced to 35 years in prison on Friday.

Jasper Spires, 21, was given the maximum sentence under the plea deal he entered for the first-degree murder of Kevin Sutherland, 24, on July 4, 2015.

Spires will face five years of supervised probation when released.

Prosecutors said that Spires stabbed and cut Sutherland over 30 times while attempting to rob him on a Red Line train as it approached the NoMa-Gallaudet station.

Spires' defense team said that Spires had suffered a mental breakdown leading up to the attack and was showing symptoms of paranoid-schizophrenia. They said he was doing better now because of medication and treatment and requested he serve his sentence in a medical center rather than a prison.

The judge said she did not have final say on that matter, but would do what she could to accommodate the request.

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