Prosecutors in the Major Crimes Unit obtained a twenty-eight-year sentence against a woman who stabbed a man at a local bar and laughed as he died. In June, a jury found Rickeena Hamilton, 40, guilty-as-charged and convicted her of Second Degree Murder and Tampering with Evidence. Today, Judge Steve Sword imposed a twenty-eight-year sentence, handing down the maximum twenty-five years for Second Degree Murder and stacking three years for Tampering with Evidence.

At trial, Assistant District Attorneys Sean McDermott and Kevin Allen explained to the jury that on June 17, 2018, the victim, Chaz Cox, and his parents were at Bullfeathers, a restaurant and bar in Farragut, shooting pool and celebrating Father’s Day. At one point during the evening, the victim and Hamilton got into a fist fight. The two were separated, and the victim walked away from the pool tables. When Hamilton rounded the pool table, she pulled a knife from her pocket and headed toward the victim, stabbing him once in the neck and laughing as she left the bar. Knox County Sheriff’s Office Detective Jeremy McCord led the investigation that identified Hamilton. Officers also located the knife, which she threw into a dumpster in an attempt to destroy the evidence.

“This family lost their son on Father’s Day,” said DA Charme Allen. “Although we can never make their family whole again, we hope that the sentence provides them some solace and protects the community.”