Teen to prison for stabbing 15-year-old

Samuel King (Courtesy Kent County Correctional Facility - Oct. 2, 2013)
Samuel King (Courtesy Kent County Correctional Facility - Oct. 2, 2013)

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — An Ada Township apologized Tuesday for stabbing another teen before being sentenced to prison.

Samuel King was sentenced Tuesday to between three and 15 years in prison.

King stabbed a former friend repeatedly at the victim’s Ada Township home in October 2013. King told 24 Hour News 8 he and the victim had gotten into an argument that started with a Facebook post in which the victim displayed a mug shot of King.

“He could have easily killed me,” the teen who was stabbed said during Tuesday’s sentencing proceedings. “The number of stab wounds … attest to his intent.”

King, the son of a pastor and a former Forest Hills Northern student, was 17 at the time of the incident. The victim was 15 at the time.

In February, King pleaded guilty to assault with intent to do great bodily harm less than murder, but claimed mental illness.

“I would strongly like to acknowledge how sorry I am for the physical harm I did to the victim in this incident. I direct my apology to him himself and his loved ones,” King said in Tuesday.

He also apologized to the community for the fear he caused.

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