Drug Dealer Sentenced To Death After Fatal Stabbing

November 1, 2007

A drug dealer was sentenced to death in an Alexandria Federal Courtroom Thursday for fatally stabbing a woman 82 times and leaving her body in a bathtub.

It's the first death sentence to come out of the Alexandria Federal Courthouse since the federal death penalty was reinstated almost 20 years ago.

The jury deliberated the fate of Thomas Morocco Hager, of D.C., for more than two days before reaching a verdict Thursday afternoon. The jury had already convicted Hager on drug-related murder charges for the 1993 stabbing death of 19-year-old Barbara White.

White's 1-year-old daughter found the single mother bound and gagged in the bathtub of her Fairfax County apartment. According to testimony at the trial, the daughter later developed an intense fear of baths, screaming every time she was put in the tub.

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