A D.C. man was sentenced to the maximum 24 years in prison for fatally stabbing a Northwest man he picked up in a bar with a butcher knife, the U.S. Attorney’s Office said Friday.
Marcus Mclean, 26, pleaded guilty in April to second-degree murder while armed.
Prosecutors said Mclean met the victim, Delando King, on Aug. 8, 2010, at a downtown bar. At about 3 a.m. the men went to King’s apartment in the 1100 block of 10th Street Northwest.
Mclean stabbed King with a large butcher knife 28 times, puncturing his heart six times, prosecutors said. King also suffered slashes to his legs, arms and hands.
To clean the scene, Mclean poured bleach on King’s body.
When leaving, he took King’s wallet, credit card, iPod and laptop. Less than an hour later he used the stolen credit card to purchase drinks at a CVS. Within 36 hours, he had used it to buy movie tickets, clothes and food.
Surveillance cameras captured Mclean and King together that night, and Mclean making purchases with the stolen card.
King, who was gay, was a member of the Navajo Nation and worked for the U.S. Indian Health Service.
Mclean tried to use different defense claims, including insanity, but was found responsible and sane at the time of the murder by experts. In his plea, Mclean admitted that he was sane and acted intentionally when attacking King.
He also said he did not act in self-defense.