A man who randomly stabbed another man aboard a red-line metro train on July 4 pleaded guilty to murder, and could face at least 30 years in prison if his plea is accepted.
Jasper Spires pleaded guilty to first-degree murder while armed as part of a plea deal. Spires killed 24-year-old Kevin Sutherland on July 4, 2015.
If Judge Judith Bartnoff accepts the terms of the plea deal, Spires faces a minimum sentence of 30 years, and a maximum sentence of life without parole.
Spires has been held at St. Elizabeth’s hospital as the case against him continued. According to police, Spires killed Sutherland a day after he was released from jail for an unrelated incident. Spires was accused of threatening and trying to rob a man on Wisconsin Avenue NW in Friendship Heights, according to an article by The Washington Post. Shortly after Spires was released, he boarded the metro-train where he killed Sutherland.
As part of the deal, other charges against Spires from the July 2 and July 4 incident will be dropped, including attempt to commit robbery while armed, assault with a dangerous weapon, robbery while armed of a senior citizen, robbery while armed and carrying a dangerous weapon.
Judge Bartnoff will make her ruling and sentencing on Jan. 12, 2018. Spires will be held at St. Elizabeth’s hospital until then.