A Sedalia man convicted of stabbing a victim in August 2015 received his sentence Friday.
According to information from Pettis County Prosecuting Attorney Phillip Sawyer, Jamar Markeise Staten, 20, of the 3000 block of Jerome Drive, was convicted June 1 of first degree assault and armed criminal action at the conclusion of a two-day jury trial at the Pettis County Courthouse.
Staten was sentenced Friday morning during a sentencing hearing. During the June 1 trial, the jury recommended a sentence of 22 years in the Department of Corrections for first degree assault and 20 years for armed criminal action and that recommendation was approved during Friday’s hearing as Staten’s formal sentence.
Staten was arrested Aug. 7, 2015, after he allegedly stabbed a male victim in the 1400 block of East 13th Street.
According to court documents, Staten and another man arrived at the residence around 2 a.m. Aug. 2 to find the man’s girlfriend at a party. The man was yelling at the woman to come home and was yelling at a female resident of the home. The female resident’s husband then came outside and told Staten and the man to leave, leading to a “heated argument.”
Staten and the man left the area, but returned about 20 minutes later. One witness told Sedalia Police Department detectives the heated argument continued and she saw Staten lunge at the victim and stab him in the stomach. The pair then left the scene.
Another witness interviewed by detectives also identified Staten as the suspect who stabbed the victim.
The man who arrived with Staten told detectives he didn’t know the victim was stabbed until his girlfriend told him the next day. Both he and Staten told detectives they thought the victim had a gun. It “looked like (the victim) was going to end it for (me) and (the other man with me),” Staten said.