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Williamsport man gets life sentence for fatally stabbing Scott Cole

A city man was sentenced to life and seven to 14 years in state prison Monday for fatally stabbing Scott Cole more than 30 times.

Rashawn D. Williams, 27, who was found guilty of first-degree murder and related offenses in October by a jury, was sentenced to a life in state prison and added time for the aggravated assault charges by Lycoming County Judge Marc F. Lovecchio.

First-degree murder carries a life sentence.

Williams stabbed Cole, 36, shortly after 1 a.m. on June 22, 2017.

Evidence brought forward during the October trial showed stab wounds were all over Cole’s body, including the his back, claiming Cole was trying to flee his attacker.

Williams said the attack occurred when he was asleep in the living room of his apartment in the 300 block of Locust Street and was awakened by Cole touching him.

Williams said in the trial he got a knife and stabbed Cole. The fight continued on the porch and the sidewalk, where several witnesses saw Williams stabbing Cole.

Cole’s mother asked the judge to impose the harshest sentence allowable. Williams also must pay $6,500 in funeral expenses as restitution.

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