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Jasper Spires gets 35 years for murdering AU grad on Red Line train in 2015

Jasper Spires. (Photo: MPD)

Jasper Spires was sentenced to 35 years in prison Friday for the murder of an American University graduate on a Red Line Metro train in 2015.

Spires, who was 18 at the time of the murder, pled guilty in October to stabbing 24-year-old Kevin Sutherland to death at the NoMa-Galludet U Metro station in D.C. on July 4, 2015. Thirty-five years was the maximum sentence under the plea agreement.

At his trial, prosecutors showed surveillance video of Spires at Metro stations and leaving a police station.

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On July 2, 2015, two days before the murder, Spires had been arrested for threatening a man with a wine bottle on Wisconsin Avenue. Police said Spires kicked them as they arrested him.

At 6 a.m. on July 4, 2015, Spires could be seen on video retrieving a bag containing his belongings at a police station.

Six hours after he was seen on surveillance video boarding a train. He was seen three minutes later getting off the train at the NoMa-Galludet U station, where he had stabbed Sutherland to death and robbed two people.

Video also showed Spires apparently dropping the murder knife in a trash can as he ran away from the station.


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