(WUSA) - Michael G. Tanner, 36, of Washington D.C. was sentenced to 26 years in prison for stabbing a longtime acquaintance in the neck and then attempting to cover it up, according to U.S. Attorney Ronald C. Machen Jr.
Tanner was convicted in October 2011 of several assault charges against his acquaintance of 15 years. Charges included aggravated assault while armed and carrying a dangerous weapon. Jurors also found him guilty of obstructing justice for contacting the victim and attempting to convince him to say that other men were responsible for the attack.
The stabbing occurred on January 28, 2010 after Tanner argued with the victim over a loan. The verbal altercation escalated and nearly turned dire when Tanner stabbed the victim with a knife. The wound almost hit the vertebrae and nearly missed the carotid artery. Nearby Metropolitan Police officers assisted the victim until medical personnel arrived.
Tanner will be placed on five years of supervised release after serving his prison term.
By Benny Magno, wusa9.com