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Spotsy man pleads guilty in slaying of stepfather

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A Spotsylvania County man pleaded guilty to second-degree murder Friday in the fatal stabbing of his stepfather last year.

David Edward Sealock Jr., 24, faces anywhere from five to 40 years in prison for stabbing Robert Jones at least 11 times. The charge was reduced from first-degree murder and a conspiracy charge was dropped in exchange for his guilty plea.

Jones, who was married to Sealock’s mother, was attacked in front of his two young children, ages 4 and 7.

According to a plea agreement, Sealock and his girlfriend, 29-year-old Michelle Leigh Soderberg, went to a home on Wakeview Drive in Spotsylvania on July 21 to retrieve some personal items. The couple had been staying there with his mother and stepfather until they were kicked out by Jones.

Sealock told police that when he went to the home, a fight broke out and that Jones punched Soderberg in the head and motioned for a gun. He said he pulled out a folding pocketknife and stabbed Jones in order to escape from the house. He admitted to being highly intoxicated, the plea agreement said.

Sealock and Soderberg, covered in blood, went from house to house to find shelter but were turned away by neighbors, the agreement said.

A blood trail and witnesses led police to a Motel 6 in Stafford County, where the two were located six hours after the stabbing. The murder weapon was found the next day hidden inside an air conditioning vent in the hotel room, the agreement said.

While speaking to Jones’ two young children, Deputy Kevin Walsh discovered that they had both witnessed the attack.

“The 7-year-old said that her father had been in a fight with her brother,” the agreement said.

Sealock is scheduled to be sentenced on July 15.

Soderberg will appear in court on April 21. She is charged with first-degree murder and conspiracy to commit murder.

Portsia Smith: 540/374-5419

psmith@fredericksburg.com

 

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