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UPDATE: Dubuque man sentenced to 50 years in prison for stabbing girlfriend to death

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UPDATE (April 25): A Dubuque man convicted of stabbing his 21-year-old girlfriend to death will spend 50 years in prison.

According to our coverage partners at the Telegraph Herald, 26-year-old Fontae Buelow received the sentence in Iowa District Court for Dubuque County on Wednesday. 

The Telegraph Herald reports Buelow maintained his innocence during the hearing, insisting Samantha Link stabbed herself in March 2017. He was found guilty of second-degree murder by a jury in January.

Buelow is required to serve 35 years before he can become eligible for parole.


January 22nd Verdict:

Guilty of second-degree murder.

That's the verdict passed down to an eastern Iowa man on trial for killing his girlfriend.

Fontae Buelow, 25, was on trial in Dubuque for first-degree murder for the stabbing death of Samantha Link, 21.

As the verdict as read, Buelow, showed little emotion, however, he seemed stunned. The courtroom was packed with his family members and friends, also those of the victim. Many were emotional. 

During the trial, the prosecution said Buelow stabbed her three times, but the defense said she stabbed herself.

Ultimately, the jury felt convinced by the prosecution. 

"We the jury find hereby make the following findings...as to count one submitted to us...murder in the second degree, guilty," said Judge Monica Zrinyi Wittig.

Buelow is also guilty of possession of cocaine.

He faces up to 50 years in prison for the second-degree murder conviction.

Sentencing will be scheduled at a later date.


A jury found Fontae Buelow guilty of Second Degree Murder just moments ago.


During the first day of deliberations, the jury of a murder trial did not reach a verdict.

Fontae Buelow, 25, of Dubuque is charged with first-degree murder. He's accused of stabbing and killing of his girlfriend, Samantha Link, 21.

Over the last two weeks, jurors have heard each side present their case, also to witness testimony.

Buelow was confident enough to testify in his own defense. Thursday, he told jurors about his relationship with Link. He said, there were good times, there were bad times.

On the day she died, March 31, they got into a big argument. He told her the relationship was over.

"Did you stab Samantha Link?" asked his attorney.

"No," he replied.

"I felt like she stabbed herself because of me. I felt like it was my fault."

"Why did you feel like it was your fault?"

"Because we got in a big argument and then she stabbed herself," he said.

During closing arguments, the prosecution said he stabbed her three times, but the defense said they didn't prove it.

If Buelow is found not guilty of first-degree murder, the jury has the option to find him guilty of a lesser charge.

Jury deliberations resume Monday morning.

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