Man Who Stabbed Transgender Woman More than 40 Times Sentenced to 10 Years in Prison

From MPD:

“Michael McBride, 23, of Washington, D.C., was sentenced Friday to 10 years in prison for stabbing a transgender woman last year in Southeast Washington, U.S. Attorney Ronald C. Machen Jr. announced. McBride pled guilty in October 2013, in the Superior Court of the District of Columbia, to a charge of aggravated assault while armed. He was sentenced by the Honorable Patricia A. Broderick. Judge Broderick also ordered McBride to serve five years of supervised release after completion of his prison term, and to receive mental health services.

According to the government’s evidence, McBride and the victim had been exchanging text messages and phone calls prior to the attack. On June 21, 2013, at about 1 a.m., they agreed to meet outside an abandoned home in the 3000 block of Stanton Road SE. McBride went to the location with the intention of having sex with the victim. He and the victim went inside the abandoned home and then got into a verbal dispute about sex. A struggle ensued, and, without warning, McBride produced a knife and stabbed the victim multiple times. The knife blade broke as McBride was stabbing the victim in the collarbone.

The victim collapsed on a couch in the living room area. McBride fled. The victim suffered more than 40 stab wounds to the body, and was transported to a hospital. She suffered significant blood loss and would have died but for the timely provision of medical care. McBride, who was on supervised release in another case, was arrested a short time after the attack and he has remained in custody ever since.

In announcing the sentence, U.S. Attorney Machen commended the work of those who investigated the case for the Metropolitan Police Department (MPD). He also praised the work of those who handled the case for the U.S. Attorney’s Office, including Paralegal Specialist Lynette Briggs, Victim/Witness Advocate James Brennan, and Witness Security Specialist M. Laverne Forrest. Finally, he expressed appreciation for the work of Assistant U.S. Attorneys Kendra Briggs and Tejpal S. Chawla, who prosecuted the case.”

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  • ONLY 10 years for savagely stabbing someone 40 times?! Why isn’t this attempted murder?

    • My thought too.

    • I recall a knowledgeable commenter on another PoP article explaining that DC does not have a law against attempted murder, so aggravated assault is what one is charged with instead. I agree this should be attempted murder with a much harsher sentence, though.

    • And for someone with priors, too. Note that he was on supervised release (I assume that’s something like parole?) at the time of the attack.

    • It was a plea deal, not a trial conviction, so the prosecutors probably asked for a lighter sentence in return for the plea.

      Pretty amazing that the victim was able to survive 40 stab wounds though.

  • 40??

    10 years is nowhere near long enough.

  • I think there should be a mandatory minimum of 20 years for each extra hole you put into a person’s body. And I’m generally against mandatory minimum sentences, but for violent crimes I’m willing to reconsider.

    • I STRONGLY disagree. The mandatory minimum per stab should be at least 40 years. 20 per stab is nowhere near enough.

  • That’s it???

  • Three months per stab? If that’s the going rate, the cost-benefit analysis of cutting a bitch just changed drastically.

  • This guy is obviously a psychopath and very dangerous. How is it that he’ll be out on the streets again so soon?

  • I, too, wondered why this wasn’t attempted murder. I also wondered if McBride was “surprised” by the victim’s transgender status — and if such a thing would be considered extenuating circumstances. I’m not in any way suggesting that the attack was justified. I am wondering what “verbal dispute about sex” means — and if the dispute in some way resulted in what seems to be a minimal consequence for a serious crime. Clearly mental health services are warranted. It’s too bad that they apparently weren’t included as part of his supervised release from is prior conviction.

    • I was wondering that as well– and if the stabbing was due to anger over the woman’s transgender status, whether it could have been considered a hate crime also.
      Regardless, it’s really sad that so many transwomen have no choice but to offer up their bodies to sick people like this, and put themselves in life-threatening situations.

  • A quick search online makes it seem like DC doesn’t have “attempted murder” on the books. However, that doesn’t explain why the defendant was charged with aggravated assault under 22-404.1 (max = 10yrs) rather than assault with intent to kill under 22-401 (max=15 yrs). Any indication if this sentence came after a trial or was the result of a plea?

  • I hope this shit rots in prison. Utterly despicable.

  • This is tragic, but I’m confused about the events described above. The two met outside an abandoned house, but the assault took place on a couch? There was a couch inside the abandoned house? Did they leave to go another location? Why are all these details in the story at all? Isn’t Person X stabbed Person Y detail enough?

    • - “He and the victim went inside the abandoned home…” where there was, apparently, “a couch in the living room area.” “Abandoned” doesn’t necessarily mean completely empty — or even empty at al. As to the details, well, it’s arguable. Many of us read such articles hoping that we can learn details that can help us be as prudent as possible in attempting to avoid being crime victims. So, I would argue the more details the better — since you never know which readers will benefit from which details.
      One of my take-home messages from even these scant details would be to avoid the sort of people who meet you outside of abandoned buildings at 1am for sex. If publishing this makes even one person think a bit when they otherwise would not, I think that’s a good thing.

  • I find it hard to believe that DC does not have an attempted murder charge.

    • And it’s worth noting that virtually no jurisdiction has a specific provision making it unlawful to attempt to kill someone. Instead, various provisions out law murder, robbery, burglary, etc. Then a separate provision says it is unlawful to attempt to do anything that is prohibited by another provision of criminal law.

  • With good behavior he’ll be out in 5-7 years… this 10 year sentence is a joke right? #hideyakids #Hideyawives

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