Man gets 30 years for stabbing neighbor over debt

BARTOW, Fla. (AP) - A central Florida man has been sentenced to 30 years in prison for fatally stabbing a neighbor. A Polk County judge sentenced 53-year-old Clarence Montgomery on Thursday.

A jury found him guilty of manslaughter in December. The Ledger of Lakeland reports that Montgomery killed 41-year-old Louis Matos Jr. two days before Christmas in 2012 during a neighborhood party in Lakeland.

Matos' wife Felicia testified that Montgomery had threatened to kill her husband four days earlier. She says her husband was trying to collect a debt from one of Montgomery's friends. Montgomery said during Thursday's hearing that Matos had attacked him, and he was defending himself.


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