The adopted daughter of the Director of National Intelligence under former President George W. Bush John Negroponte He was sentenced Friday to 35 years in prison for the stabbing death of a friend during a drunken argument at a Maryland home.
Sophia Negroponte, 30, of Washington, D.C., was convicted in January of Second degree murder In 2020, 24-year-old Josef Rasmussen dies.
“This anger prompted Ms. Negroponte to stab her friend in the neck,” Montgomery County Court Judge Terrence McGann said Friday.
Negroponte and Rasmussen attended the same high school in Washington and were drinking with someone else the night of the stabbing in February 2020. Prosecutors said they argued twice that night, Fox DC mentioned.
At one point, when Rasmussen went home to get his phone, authorities said, Negroponte stabbed him several times, including one blow that severed his fist. Negroponte, who was 27, was found inside the house covered in blood and lying on Rasmussen’s head while shouting, “I’m sorry,” according to shipping documents previously obtained by Fox News Digital.
She was alleged to have confessed the murder to investigators. Defense attorneys argued that their client was so intoxicated at the time that she was unable to form a definite intent.
“Alcohol permeates this case from the beginning; it permeates her life,” he said, adding, “And it’s certainly at the heart of what happened there that night. And it’s one of the main reasons why this case isn’t murder at all,” defense attorney David Moyes told the jury. .
Sophia Negroponte was one of five abandoned or orphaned women Honduran children who was adopted by John Negroponte and his wife, Diana, after Negroponte was appointed US ambassador to the Central American country in the 1980s.