By MARLO BARNHART
Convicted batterer Albert Leon Monroe stood before Washington County Circuit Judge John H. McDowell Monday morning and asked for a new trial, accusing his attorney of botching his case.
But McDowell, familiar with the circumstances of the June 16 stabbing, denied the request.
McDowell then sentenced Monroe to nine years in prison after the judge decided that an agreed five-year cap was unacceptable.
"Who did I kill?" Monroe said angrily as he was led from the courtroom.
Monroe said he had no idea who stabbed the victim that night, a claim McDowell discounted.
"You already got a substantial break from your attorney," Michael Morrissette, McDowell said, noting that Monroe originally had been charged with assault with intent to murder.