Man sen­tenced to 18 months for pair of as­saults

Pros­e­cu­tor tells of knife at­tack at Lex­ing­ton Park home

The Enterprise - - Front Page - By JOHN WHAR­TON jwhar­ton@somd­ Twit­ter: @JohnEn­tNews

A Prince George’s County man has been sen­tenced to serve 18 months in the St. Mary’s jail from his guilty plea to two of­fenses of sec­ond-de­gree as­sault from an at­tack last spring on a woman and her daugh­ter in their Lex­ing­ton Park home.

Tryvon Kari Clarke, a 24-year-old Capi­tol Heights res­i­dent, orig­i­nally was charged with com­mit­ting a first-de­gree as­sault on the pair at their apart­ment off Wil­lows Road, where Mary­land State Po­lice re­sponded on March 27.

Clarke choked the woman, be­fore “he got a knife from the kitchen and held it to her throat,” St. Mary’s As­sis­tant State’s At­tor­ney Buffy Gid­dens said at Clarke’s Aug. 25 plea hear­ing.

When the 12-year-old girl got a but­ter knife, the pros- ecu­tor said, “he threw her into a cor­ner, and cut her with the knife that he had.”

Clarke also was charged with tak­ing the woman’s pickup truck, and the pros­e­cu­tor said in court that he wrecked the ve­hi­cle.

“Her daugh­ter still feels un­safe,” Gid­dens said.

Matthew Con­nell, Clarke’s pub­lic de­fender, said his client has “never been in trou­ble be­fore,” and that Clarke de­nied hold­ing a knife to the woman’s throat.

“He’s is re­morse­ful. He tells me that he still loves” the woman, Con­nell said. “They prob­a­bly shouldn’t be to­gether, right now. He un­der­stands his con­duct was wrong, and ir­re­spon­si­ble.”

Clarke ac­knowl­edged that his “ac­tions were wrong.”

“I should have han­dled that sit­u­a­tion bet­ter,” he said, adding “I’ve served five months al­ready.”

St. Mary’s Cir­cuit Judge Karen H. Abrams gave Clarke credit for the 150 days he served in pre­trial cus­tody, as she sen­tenced him to three years in prison, sus­pended to the 18-month term in jail, with work re­lease priv­i­leges.

She or­dered that Clarke’s work-re­lease earn­ings go to­ward pay­ing $500 in resti­tu­tion, and that he take an abuser in­ter­ven­tion pro­gram dur­ing two years of su­per­vised pro­ba­tion.

“No per­son should ever be treated that way,” the judge said of Clarke’s con­duct. “What’s even worse is this child who got in­volved and got hurt, and wit­nessed it.”


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