Charles Link of DC sentenced for stabbing friend over $20 debt

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WASHINGTON (WUSA9) -- A D.C. man was sentenced Friday for stabbing a man following an argument over a $20 debt.

Charles Link, 53, was sentenced to nine years in prison on a charge of assault with a dangerous weapon for stabbing a close friend.

Officials say Link and the victim were friends for more than four years and Link would loan the victim small amounts of money.

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In the fall of 2012, Link and the victim got into an argument over the repayment of a $20 loan. Officials say the victim gave Link a food assistance card and told him to buy $40 of food to cover the debt. When Link never used or returned the card, the victim cancelled it so he could get a new one, according to prosecutors.

On the evening of Nov. 13, 2012, officials say the victim was walking near his home when Link and an unidentified man attacked him in an alley off the 500 block of Newton Place NW. 

Prosecutors say he was pushed from behind by the unidentified man and fell to the ground. Link joined in the attack and kicked and punched the victim, saying "get me my money." He pulled out a knife and stabbed the victim five times and fled with the unidentified man, according to evidence presented at trial.

Link was found guilty by a jury in October 2013. Following his prison sentence, Link will be placed on three years of supervised release.

Link was convicted in 1993 of second-degree murder while armed for another stabbing in D.C. in which he and another person stabbed a man to death in an alley over a disagreement about moving trash, officials said in a news release. 

Link was sentenced to 15 years in prison for that attack.

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