Traverse City Record-Eagle

October 26, 2013

Mobile home stabber sentenced

From staff reports
Traverse City Record-Eagle

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TRAVERSE CITY — A Traverse City man who stabbed a neighbor in his mobile home park received a lengthy prison sentence.

Clifton Lamar Humphrey, 36, was three days into a jury trial when he accepted a plea deal to the June 22 assault in order to avoid a life sentence. Thirteenth Circuit Court Judge Philip Rodgers on Friday cited Humphrey’s lack of remorse through the trial before he handed down a sentence of up to 20 years.

“It was an act of God that you didn’t kill him,” Rodgers said of the stabbing victim.

Humphrey stabbed a 21-year-old neighbor three times, with one wound missing the victim’s femoral artery by an inch. Neighbors in the Suburban Estates mobile home park in Long Lake Township testified Humphrey was well-liked, but had a falling out with the community after a Memorial Day party three weeks before.

The prosecution argued Humphrey was angry about not being invited to a subsequent neighborhood party and instigated the violent confrontation by slapping the victim’s girlfriend.