Former JBLM soldier sentenced to 20 years for woman's murder

Former JBLM soldier sentenced to 20 years for woman's murder
FILE -- Dakota Wolf appears at his arraignment on July 23, 2012.
SEATTLE -- A former Joint Base Lewis-McChord soldier was sentenced to 20 years in prison Friday for the 2011 murder of a Kirkland woman.

Dakota M. Wolf had pleaded guilty to second degree murder with a weapon enhancement in the stabbing death of 19-year-old Scarlett Paxton. The 20-year sentence was at the top of the 12-20 year sentencing range for the crime.

Paxton was found dead with a stab wound to her neck outside her apartment in the 13300 block of 100th Ave. NE. Prosecutors say Paxton was attacked while walking home alone and it was a random and brutal stabbing.

When questioned by police, Wolf said he had smoked "spice" on the night of Paxton's death. He said he was addicted to the drug and was dealing with "paranoia, hallucination, anxiety and memory issues" as well as anger management. He refused to answer additional questions.

At the time of the Murder, Wolf was AWOL from Joint Base Lewis-McChord, where he had been stationed as a member of the US Army. He has since been dishonorably discharged from the military and has been in custody since his discharge, according to police.