Alleged gang member sentenced in connection with 2012 stabbing and beating

By KBJR News 1

Alleged gang member sentenced in connection with 2012 stabbing and beating

January 22, 2014 Updated Jan 22, 2014 at 2:07 PM CST

Duluth, MN (NNCNOW.com) --- A Duluth man accused of stabbing a 17 year old girl in the heart as part of gang-related activity in 2012 will spend the next 16 years behind bars.

26 year old Donald William Laquier Jackson was sentenced in St. Louis County Court today to over 16 years in prison on charges of First Degree and Second Degree Aiding and Abetting Assault.

Jackson pleaded guilty to the charges back in December.

The charges stem from an incident in October of 2012 in Duluth's Central Hillside where a 17 year old girl was stabbed in the heart and an 18 year old boy who came to her rescue was beaten.

An emergency room doctor who treated the girl after the stabbing testified as to the nature of the victim's injuries, saying only 17 percent of people survive a stab wound like she sustained.

The prosecution had asked for a stiffer sentence based on Jackson's criminal history, and the severity of the girl's injuries.

Posted to the web by Krista Burns
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