Tucson man gets life prison term for fatal 2017 stabbing

Tucson man gets life prison term for fatal 2017 stabbing
James Murray Reaves III was convicted in fatal stabbing in Tucson in 2017. (Source: Tucson Police Department)

TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) — A Tucson man has been sentenced to life in prison in a fatal stabbing in 2017 and the assault of his ex-girlfriend.

Pima County prosecutors said 35-year-old James Murray Reaves was sentenced Thursday, Oct. 3.

He was convicted in August 2019 of first-degree murder in the stabbing death of 38-year-old Damion Philipps and the wounding of his ex-girlfriend at a home outside Tucson.

Reaves also was found guilty of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and first-degree burglary.

In addition to the life sentence, Reaves was given 10 1/2 years in prison for first-degree burglary and 7 1/2 years for aggravated assault with a deadly weapon or dangerous instrument.

The burglary and assault charges will run concurrently, but consecutively to Reaves’ natural life in prison sentence.