Man sentenced to 18 months for pair of assaults
Prosecutor tells of knife attack at Lexington Park home
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.”