Attempted murder nets 7 years
State’s attorney details April 2016 stabbing in dispute along Hermanville Road; victim ‘lucky he’s not dead’ after attack
A California man was sentenced this week to serve seven years in prison from his guilty pleas to attempted second-degree murder and an amended robbery offense from a stabbing in the spring of last year in a neighborhood off Hermanville Road.
Javonne Lawrence Warrick, now 26, and two other men were arrested in April 2016 on initial district court papers detailing a police response to a nighttime shooting complaint in the Greenbrier housing area, and their discovery nearby of a 25-year-old Colton’s Point resident suffering from multiple knife wounds.
“He was stabbed five times in the left lung, … [and bleeding] as if a hose was spurting out blood,” St. Mary’s State’s Attorney Richard Fritz (R) said Tuesday in court. “He’s lucky he’s not dead.”
Warrick’s plea hearing last December was followed by a presentence investigation, and its findings had prompted St. Mary’s Circuit Judge Karen H. Abrams to order that Warrick receive a competency evaluation.
Michael Lawlor, Warrick’s lawyer through the public defender’s office, noted on Tuesday his client’s “significantly low IQ” and his struggles with “quite a constellation of challenges,” including abuse of alcohol and other drugs.
Amid the list of Warrick’s prior offenses, the lawyer said, “nothing jumps out violent like
this, life-threatening like this,” adding that “it’s unlikely that he was the impetus behind this.”
Warrick faced a possible maximum sentence of 45 years in prison for the robbery and attempt- ed-murder crimes, the state’s attorney’s office reported after last year’s plea hearing, and Fritz lamented Tuesday in court what he described as the “extremely low” sentencing guidelines range of five to 10 years listed in the presentence investigation.
Abrams noted the severity of the crime, and the possible out- come.
“Modern medical science kept this from being an actual murder,” the judge said.
“Mr. Warrick has had quite a lot of opportunities for treatment,” she said, “from childhood on. It hasn’t worked.”
The judge sentenced Warrick to 15 years in prison, suspend- ed to the seven-year term, to be followed by five years of supervised probation.
Last fall, 23-year-old Keyonte Tarez Robinson of Lexington Park pleaded guilty to a handgun charge from the investigation, online court records state, and he was sentenced to three years in prison, suspended to 18 months in custody with work-release privileges recommended, and two years of supervised probation.
Delonte Deangelo Harvey, now 25, of California is scheduled to stand trial next January on charges from the investigation.