Charles Link sentenced for stabbing man over $20 debt

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(WJLA) - A Washington man has been sentenced to nine years in prison for stabbing a man over a $20 debt.

Charles Link, 53, was found guilty in October of fatally stabbing the victim in a Petworth alley in November 2012.

According to prosecutors, Link and his victim had been close friends for years and Link would often loan his friend small amounts of money. In the fall of 2012, the two got into a disagreement over the repayment of a $20 loan.{ }

On Nov. 13, Link encountered the victim and began arguing over the{ }debt.{ }The argument led to the fatal stabbing in an alley off the 500 block of Newton Place NW, authorities say.

Link is no stranger to crime; in 1993, he was convicted of second-degree murder in another stabbing in D.C. In that case, prosecutors say he and another person stabbed a man to death in an alley over a disagreement about moving trash. Link was sentenced to 15 years in prison for that attack.

Following his prison term, Link will be placed on three years of supervised release.

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