Man gets 20 years for N. Charleston fatal stabbing

Published: Dec. 12, 2011 at 7:39 PM EST|Updated: Dec. 12, 2011 at 11:19 PM EST
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(Photo: Crime Stoppers)
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NORTH CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - A 43-year-old man who fatally stabbed a taxi driver in North Charleston in 2002 was sentenced to 20 years after entering a guilty plea last week.

Court officials say Derrick Wright was sentenced after pleading to manslaughter.

Wright was arrested and charged in 2010 for the murder of 62-year-old Eugene Thomas.

Tips led police in North Charleston to a man who was featured on a deck of criminal playing cards. Wright was featured as the two of Hearts on the Crime Stoppers wanted criminals playing cards series.

The decks of cards are distributed to inmates in the prison system in the hopes that inmates will recognize a person or details of the case and share that information with police.

In September 2002, police responded to a reportedly abandoned cab on Speissenger Drive. Upon arrival, officers noted a dark stain that appeared to be blood and found Thomas dead inside the vehicle, the police report stated.

Thomas had been stabbed several times in the neck, face and chest.

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