Hilbourne Sutherland
Hilbourne Sutherland (Boulder County Sheriff's Office)

A Boulder-area transient accused of stabbing two other homeless people at a Boulder County campground in May was sentenced to three years in prison after accepting a plea deal Friday.

Hilbourne Sutherland pleaded guilty to one count of attempted manslaughter -- a Class 5 felony -- and received the maximum sentence allowed per the plea agreement, according to Boulder County prosecutor J.P. Martin. Sutherland also will have to serve a mandatory two years of parole.

In exchange for the plea, prosecutors dismissed the original charges. Sutherland had been scheduled to stand trial Monday on two counts of first-degree attempted murder, two counts of second-degree attempted murder and two counts of first-degree assault.

Boulder District Judge Andrew Butler accepted the plea at Sutherland's hearing this morning.

According to investigators, Sutherland met up with four other people in Boulder on the evening of May 22 who invited him to their camp at the Gordon Gulch campground in western Boulder County.

Around 10:45 p.m., two campers were awakened by screaming and found Desarie Leonard and DJ O'Reilly yelling for help with stab wounds to their heads and torsos, according to Boulder County sheriff's officials. Both victims were driven to Nederland and had to be airlifted to a Denver-area hospital with serious injuries.

Investigators indicated that the victims and Sutherland may have been arguing about the aggressiveness of Sutherland's dog.

Officials believe Sutherland fled the scene and caught a ride down to Boulder from someone at the campground. But Boulder police recognized Sutherland from witness descriptions and found him near Third and Pearl streets, where he was arrested without incident.

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