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Teen Sentenced for Traffic Beating

January 13, 2000

MANASSAS, Va. (AP) _ A judge sentenced a teen-ager to 2 1/2 years in prison Thursday for her role in the fatal beating of a young mother during a traffic dispute.

Judge Herman Whisenant imposed the sentence recommended by the jury that convicted Teresa Hattie Dixon of voluntary manslaughter in October. He could have lessened the sentence but could not have increased it.

Ms. Dixon, 19, testified at her trial that she was drawn into a fight between Natalie Giles Davis and Kurebia Maria Hampton, 17. Ms. Dixon kicked Ms. Davis in the head, but it was a light kick and not a fatal blow, she testified. Ms. Hampton was convicted of second-degree murder in December and she is to be sentenced Feb. 10.

Ms. Davis, 24, and her family were headed to church last June when they encountered a car blocking the road out of a cul-de-sac where they live in Dale City. Ms. Davis exchanged harsh words with the teen-agers, who jumped in another car and blocked the one Ms. Davis was riding in.

A fight broke out, and Ms. Davis’ head was slammed to the ground and kicked. She died several days later.

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