A man who pleaded guilty to second-degree assault in a 2020 north Fort Collins stabbing has been sentenced to community corrections.
David McWhorter, now 31, was sentenced to eight years in Larimer County Community Corrections on Monday after pleading guilty to second-degree assault, a Class 4 felony, on Nov. 7, according to online court records. The original charge of attempted murder, a Class 2 felony, was dismissed as part of a plea agreement.
McWhorter was arrested in September 2020 after police connected him to a stabbing in the 1800 block of North College Avenue. Officers who responded said they found a 56-year-old man in the area with stab wounds on his head and back.
The victim told police he saw the man who stabbed him go into a nearby hotel room.
Police say when they found McWhorter, he had cuts on two of his fingers, consistent with injuries from a knife. He allegedly made a statement about stabbing someone to police but did not elaborate further.
Eighth Judicial Deputy District Attorney Erica Kasemodel said Monday that investigators believe McWhorter stabbed the victim after the victim confronted McWhorter over how McWhorter was speaking to another woman staying at the hotel.
Defense attorney Matthew Landers said McWhorter told him the victim also harassed him, leading to a fight between them.
The district attorney's office lost contact with the victim in this case, which is partly why they made this plea agreement offer, Kasemodel said.
McWhorter's criminal case was delayed for months because of mental health proceedings. McWhorter has been undergoing treatment while in custody in this case and completed the Wellness Court program, Landers said.
"He's about the best I've ever seen him," Landers said.
Eighth Judicial District Judge Laurie Dean said Monday she hopes community corrections will provide the structure and support needed for McWhorter to continue with treatment and reintegrate into society.
The residential community corrections program aims to help those sentenced to the program stabilize their housing, employment and any treatment needs they have as they transition back into the community from jail or prison.
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