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Dames sentenced to 24 years in prison for Rome stabbing death

By WKTV News

UTICA, N.Y. (WKTV) - The Brooklyn man who admitted to stabbing a Rome man to death back in September attempted to withdraw his acceptance to a February plea offer before he was sentenced Monday morning in Oneida County Court in Utica.

On February 29, Terrance Dames, of Brooklyn pleaded guilty to a charge of first-degree manslaughter in the September stabbing death of Stephen LaPointe, 20, of Rome. He accepted that plea offer after previously rejecting two separate offers put forth to him by the Oneida County District Attorney's Office. When he accepted the offer in February, Dames admitted to stabbing LaPointe four times in the chest and then throwing the knife into the Erie Canal.

Dames had told previously police that LaPointe started an argument with him and that he wrestled a knife from LaPointe and stabbed him in self defense. LaPointe's brother, Sheldon Brown, who witnessed the incident, said at Dames' felony hearing today that he saw Dames pull the knife, and saw the actual blade. Another brother said at that hearing that Dames story just doesn't ring true.

Standing before Judge Michael Dwyer on Monday, April 16, Dames tried to take back his acceptance of the plea offer in February, something Judge Dwyer told him he could not do.

Dames was sentenced to 24 years in prison, with five years post-release supervision.

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