Northampton man sentenced to 20 years for Calvin Butts stabbing

06/28/2010 12:00 AM |

The 26-year-old Northampton man who pleaded guilty last month in the 2009 stabbing death of childhood friend Calvin Butts was sentenced to 20 years in prison plus five years probation Tuesday.
Jermaine Holmes pleaded guilty last month to first-degree manslaughter. He had originally pleaded not guilty to second-degree murder
charges after
turning himself in to police last June. If convicted of that charge, he
would have faced 25 years to life in prison.
Mr. Butts, 26, a Riverhead High School graduate, former basketball
player and honor student, had just eaten at the Hampton Bays Diner
May 24, 2009, with his brother and friends, authorities said. The group
was leaving about 4 a.m. when a fight erupted outside. Mr. Butts was
knifed from behind during the melee, after which the suspects fled the
area. He was transported by ambulance to Peconic Bay Medical Center in
Riverhead where he died.
Evidence against Mr. Holmes included admissions he made to “a
civilian,” an autopsy report that revealed five stab wounds to the
victim’s back and one to his shoulder and the recovery of what
prosecutors believe to be a weapon, Suffolk County assistant district
attorney Jim Chalifoux told the News-Review last year.