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August 16, 2013 at 1:32 PM

Woman sentenced to 10 years for deadly stabbing in North Seattle

Karen Latham, 25, was sentenced to 10 years and three months in prison this afternoon for fatally stabbing a man in the parking lot of a North Seattle doughnut shop in April 2012.

In exchange for Latham’s guilty plea to second-degree murder last month, King County prosecutors had dismissed a deadly-weapon enhancement and recommended that she be given the 10 1/4-year sentence, which is at the low end of the standard sentencing range.

In court documents, police say the victim, Zerabruk Habtemiriam, apparently stopped his car when Latham flagged him down on Aurora Avenue North. He gave her a ride to a fast-food restaurant that shares a parking lot with the doughnut shop.

Police say he gave Latham $5 when she asked for money, but refused to give her more, even when she pulled out a knife. Prosecutors say Latham then stabbed Habtemiriam in the chest and fled.

Witnesses led police to a nearby hotel where the woman was found, her clothing soaked with blood.

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