Auburn man sentenced in samurai-wielding attack

A King County Superior Court Judge on Monday sentenced an Auburn man to two months in jail with credit for two months served after he pleaded guilty to attacking a houseguest with a samurai sword in Auburn on Feb. 19.

Prosecutors originally had charged McKinley Stovall, 56, with one count of second-degree assault for threatening to kill his roommate Feb. 19 and for pressing a samurai-type sword to the man’s neck.

The amended charge, third-degree assault, carried a range of one to three months.

At the time of the attack, Stovall lived at the Brittney Park Apartments at 1453 8th St. NE.

According to court papers, the victim told police that Stovall had been guzzling alcohol all that day. The two began to argue, and at some point, Stovall demanded that he leave the apartment and threatened to kill him. According to court papers, Stovall then grabbed the sword off the living room wall, held it his hands for about 20 seconds and then suddenly placed the edge against the right side of his roommate’s neck.

The roommate told police he could “feel the blade digging into my throat.”

According to the court papers, Stovall then put the sword back in its holder, grabbed a switchblade-type knife and began to swing it at the roommate, yelling, “get the … out of my house!” Holding up his hands to defend himself, the roommate sustained several cuts to his right thumb and right middle finger, both deep enough to require stitches.

Patrol officers surrounded the apartment within minutes of the roommate’s 911 call and began to knock on the door. They called the apartment for 30 minutes but without success. Finally, they forced open the front door and found Stovall, hiding under the covers in his bedroom.

Stovall had three valid warrants out for his arrest at the time of the attack. His criminal history includes several domestic violence convictions dating back to 1988, convictions for assault, DUI, drug paraphernalia, obstructing justice and refusing to give information.

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