DA announces guilty plea and maximum sentence in stabbing case


District Attorney Billy Joe Harrington announced Thursday, Jan. 20, the guilty plea and sentencing in a 2019 stabbing homicide.
Terrence W. Luke, 55, of Dobson was scheduled to go to trial for the homicide next week, but instead pleaded guilty to manslaughter. Judge Desiree Duhon Dyess sentenced Luke to the maximum term of 40 years of incarceration.
“After numerous meetings and consultations with family members of the deceased victim, they felt the 40 year sentence would help bring them closure to this painful chapter in their lives. In this regard, the family will not have to re-live the tragic events of crime at a trial. Additionally, the sentenced offender is 55 years old and a 40 year sentence will likely result in a life sentence,” said Harrington.
Assistant District Attorney Cloyd Benjamin Jr. prosecuted the case.
Victims Assistance Coordinator Alice Hardison provided significatn support in the case.