A 16-year-old received the maximum sentence in connection with the fatal stabbing of another teenager at a Washington, D.C. McDonald's after a fight broke out over sweet and sour sauce, authorities said.
Around 2 a.m. on Aug. 27, 2023, police responded to a local hospital after receiving a call about a juvenile with stab wounds, according to the Metropolitan D.C. Police Department.
The victim, identified as 16-year-old Naima Liggon, died at the hospital from her injuries. Officials said she was reportedly driven to the hospital in a private vehicle and not an ambulance.
An investigation was launched and detectives determined Liggon was stabbed outside a McDonald’s restaurant. They located the suspect, who remains unnamed, and said she was “found to be in possession of a knife."
According to police, Liggon, the suspect and friends drove into D.C. from their hometown in Maryland for a party. Later in the night, they stopped at McDonald’s and an argument started inside the car about sweet and sour sauce, WTOP reported.
Liggon and the suspect then exited the car, and the suspect stabbed Liggon in the abdomen and chest, officials said.
At a hearing in juvenile court, the suspect’s attorney reportedly argued the girl stabbed Liggon in self-defense, claiming Liggon and another teen beat her up, WTOP reported.
The suspect was booked into the D.C. Youth Services Center and charged with second-degree murder while armed, assault with intent to kill while armed, aggravated assault while armed, felony assault, possession of a prohibited weapon, and carrying a dangerous weapon.
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According to the Washington Post, the teen recently pleaded guilty to voluntary manslaughter while armed and carrying a dangerous weapon.
On Jan. 31, a judge sentenced the teen to the maximum sentence. She will remain in the custody of the Department of Youth Rehabilitation Services until she turns 21.
"I believe a form of justice was formed today, but not justice at all because we still don’t have her," Liggon’s father, Wylace Liggon, said at the sentencing hearing, WUSA reported.
The teen defendant also spoke, telling the court, "I would have changed everything if I could go back to that day."
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