Collin Potter stabbed Vongell Lugo 42 times: Feds

Vongell Lugo, above, was stabbed to death in his Washington D.C. apartment by Collin Potter in January 2019. Potter pleaded guilty to second-degree murder and was sentenced to 16 years in prison. (Photo via his obituary)

A Navy sailor who pleaded guilty to a second-degree murder charge for stabbing a man 42 times was sentenced to 16 years in prison on Friday, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office District of Columbia.

Collin Potter, 30, of Virginia, stabbed Vongell Lugo to death in Lugo’s apartment in the Upper Northwest neighborhood of Washington, D.C. on Jan. 6, 2019, prosecutors said.

Prosecutors said Potter and Lugo, 36, met earlier in the night at a bar and went back to Lugo’s apartment. They were alone when Potter, unprovoked, grabbed a kitchen knife and stabbed and cut Lugo 42 times in the head, neck and torso, prosecutors said. Lugo yelled for help and awoke two neighbors who called 911 around 4:14 a.m. About six minutes later, Potter pulled Lugo’s naked body out of the apartment and into the hallway.

“[Metropolitan Police Department] officers discovered Lugo’s body and the defendant, who was standing naked, uninjured, and covered in Lugo’s blood,” a press release said.

Police arrested Potter and he’s been in custody ever since. Potter pleaded guilty in February to second-degree murder while armed.

At the sentencing hearing, Potter said he was sorry, but acknowledged an apology would be insufficient and that he deserved prison, the Washington Post reported.

Collin Potter stabbed Vongell Lugo 42 times: Feds

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