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Ask Sacto 911 crime Q&A: What were circumstances of fatal stabbing in Meadowview in 1997?

Q: Can I get more information on the killing of Mark Montgomery in 1997?

Dominique, Louisville, Ky.

A: Mark Anthony Montgomery, 26, was killed in June 1997 during what authorities described as a petty dispute over a car parked in the family garage.

The car, police said, was just parked in a place someone didn’t want it, and an argument over moving the vehicle ended in a fatal stabbing.

According to a story in The Sacramento Bee, William Townsend attacked Montgomery, his girlfriend’s son-in-law, with a butcher knife outside the woman’s Meadowview home. Police said Montgomery died of a single stab wound to the heart.

Townsend was arrested at the girlfriend’s house in the 7300 block of Loma Verde Way.

According to Sacramento Superior Court online records, a jury found Townsend guilty of second-degree murder and he was sentenced in September 1998 to 15 years to life in prison. Now 47 years old, Townsend is incarcerated at Folsom State Prison.

Call The Bee’s Cathy Locke, (916) 321-5287.