Man sentenced for deadly STA Plaza stabbing



Posted on June 24, 2014 at 10:33 AM

Updated Tuesday, Jun 24 at 7:25 PM

SPOKANE, Wash. -- The man accused of stabbing another man to death at the STA Plaza was sentenced to 28 years in prison Tuesday.

Donald Phillips, 40, had entered a guilty plea.

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Witnesses said Sean Oie, 49, was looking at the bus schedule June 7 when Phillips came up and stabbed him in the chest. Phillips told KREM 2 News he killed the man because Oie was out committing crimes.

Police said Phillips had an extensive and violent criminal history. He was also wanted on a felony Department of Corrections warrant.

When Phillips was first arrested, he told KREM 2 News that he was not sorry for his actions. In court on Tuesday, he changed his tune.

Phillips spoke at his sentencing Tuesday, taking responsibility for the brutal crime.

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“I can't go back and change that, but what I can do is come before you and humbly make an apology to Spokane County and Peaceful Valley,” said Phillips.

Phillips also expressed condolences for Oie’s family but claimed Oie stole from him.
“My explanation for what I did to Sean is something that happened in the streets. It takes a man to come here and say I'm manning up. I hope you take that into consideration,” said Phillips.

The judge told Phillips he appreciated him taking responsibility but he was still baffled.

“Despite your explanation, the act is beyond our explanation or understanding. It's hard for us to comprehend,” said the judge.

KREM 2 News was told it was rare for an accused killer to take a deal so quickly. Phillips’ arson charge was dropped. The deal saved taxpayers thousands of dollars.