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STA Stabbing: Phillips sentenced to 28 years; hear why he did it

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Donald Phillips, 40, is currently behind bars for multiple charges after fatally stabbing Sean Oie and putting an the entire Peaceful Valley neighborhood on lockdown. Donald Phillips, 40, is currently behind bars for multiple charges after fatally stabbing Sean Oie and putting an the entire Peaceful Valley neighborhood on lockdown.
Sean Oie, 49, was fatally stabbed on Saturday afternoon at the STA Plaza in Downtown Spokane. Sean Oie, 49, was fatally stabbed on Saturday afternoon at the STA Plaza in Downtown Spokane.

UPDATE: 40-year-old Donald Phillips plead guilty Tuesday morning in the fatal stabbing of 49-year-old Sean Oie at the STA bus plaza.

Phillips has been sentenced to 28 years in prison for 1st degree murder.

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SPOKANE, Wash. - The Medical Examiner has identified the man stabbed to death at Spokane Transit Authority Plaza as 49 year-old Sean Oie. The suspect, Donald Phillips, is currently in the Spokane County Jail. His bond has been set at $500,000 and his arraignment is scheduled for June 17th.

KHQ's Lindsay Nadrich spoke to Phillips behind bars. Hear why he says he stabbed Oie tonight on KHQ Local News at 5pm.

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SPOKANE, Wash. - Neighbors explained what it was like to be put on lock down for several hours Saturday as Spokane Police searched for the suspect in the fatal stabbing that happened at the STA Plaza. Many said it was scary to know that a suspected killer was so close to their homes, but were thankful for the job done by police that brought him into custody.

Police arrested 40-year-old Donald T. Phillips on the homicide charge and for an outstanding felony warrant. Right now, investigators are working to determine if he will face any other charges for the incident. The name of the victim in the stabbing has not yet been released. Neighbors reported seeing Phillips walking around Peaceful Valley and called 911. After he was confronted by a home owner, Phillips hid in another home that neighbors say he ransacked and set on fire before his arrest.

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SPOKANE, Wash. - Spokane Police arrested 40-year-old Donald T. Phillips, the suspect for the STA Plaza stabbing on Saturday. Spokane Police Major Crimes Investigators had surveillance footage of the possible suspect and were able to identify Phillips. While Spokane Police detectives were at the scene of the crime, officers received a report of a male matching the suspect's description in Peaceful Valley.

Just before 5:30 p.m. a homeowner in Peaceful Valley said he had seen a male matching the description at the corner of Main and Cedar. Officers responded to the area and were flagged down by another homeowner. They told police that the suspect barged into his house and attempted to hold him at knife point. SWAT, Spokane Fire Department, ambulance, K9's, and Air 1 were brought to the scene due to the serious nature of the crime, the suspect's history and the his continued criminal behavior.

Most of Peaceful Valley was closed down to all civilian traffic and citizens were asked to stay in their homes until they were contacted by police. Just after 9 p.m., the suspect changed clothes and walked out of a yard and officers were able to take him into custody without incident. However SWAT officers discovered a house fire in the 1400 block of West Water and officials believe Phillips was involved. The fire was put out by Spokane Fire Department.

Phillips will be booked into jail on his warrant and for the homicide. Investigators are still working to determine what other charges he will face after Saturday’s incidents. The Spokane Police Department would sincerely like to thank the residents of Peaceful Valley for their patience during tonight’s incident. Their cooperation was key to making this a successful operation.

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SPOKANE, Wash. - The suspect in custody for the STA Plaza stabbing has been identified as 40 year old Donald T. Phillips. Phillips was already wanted on a felony Department of Corrections warrant.

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SPOKANE, Wash. - A man was stabbed at around 3:30 Saturday afternoon. Officers responded to the call in less than two minutes and performed life saving measures on the victim, who was bleeding heavily. He was taken to the hospital shortly afterward, where he died from his injuries.

The suspect is a white male, approximately 6’ tall, wearing blue jeans, a red patterned polo shirt and a baseball cap. He left the area on foot after the assault and was captured just after 9pm Saturday night.

Police inform us that the relationship of the victim and the suspect, as well as a possible motive for the crime are still being investigated right now. People who live in Peaceful Valley are being advised to stay inside while police search door to door for the suspect in this stabbing.
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