A Washington man who pleaded guilty in October to a charge of aggravated assault while armed for stabbing a transgender woman last June was sentenced late last week to 10 years in prison.
In addition to his prison term, Michael McBride, 23, was sentenced to five years of supervised release after the completion of his prison term. D.C. Superior Court Judge Patricia Broderick also ruled that McBride must receive mental health counseling services upon his release.
According to the government's evidence that would have been presented had McBride opted for a trial, McBride and the victim had been exchanging text messages and phone calls prior to the attack. On June 21, 2013, the two agreed to meet outside an abandoned home in the 3000 block of Stanton Road SE at 1 a.m.
The two went inside and began arguing, followed by a struggle that ended with McBride pulling out a knife and stabbing the transgender woman multiple times. The knife blade broke as McBride stabbed her in the collarbone. One of the victim's friends later told a meeting of concerned LGBT activists that the argument between the two started after a passerby allegedly asked McBride what he was doing with a ''faggy.''
After suffering more than 40 stab wounds to her body, the woman collapsed on a couch in the house and McBride fled. The victim later dragged herself outside and paramedics were called to the scene. The victim was transported to Prince George's Hospital Center in Cheverly, Md., where she was treated for her wounds, including a punctured lung and ''significant'' blood loss. Initially listed in ''serious but stable'' condition, the victim was released six days later.
McBride, who was already on supervised release in an unrelated case, was arrested by police and had remained in custody since then.
In statements issued after the sentencing hearing, Hassan Naveed, the co-chair of the anti-hate-crimes group Gays and Lesbians Opposing Violence (GLOV), and Jason Terry, of the DC Trans Coalition (DCTC), expressed similar sentiments, with Terry offering: ''We hope the verdict brings solace to the victim and the others impacted by this vicious attack.''