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Jury finds Lakeland man guilty of manslaughter

BARTOW — A 53-year-old Lakeland man faces up to 30 years in prison for the fatal stabbing of another man during a neighborhood gathering.

Jurors took about an hour Wednesday to find Clarence Montgomery guilty of manslaughter in the death of Louis Matos Jr. just before Christmas last year.

He was charged with second-degree murder. A sentencing hearing was set for Jan. 23.

The Ledger reports that Matos’ wife Felicia Matos 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.

Assistant State Attorney Roberty Antonello told jurors Montgomery was still upset when he saw Matos at the party. He stabbed him in the heart.

Montgomery said he didn’t intentionally stab Matos.

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