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Man given 10 years behind bars in stabbing case

A Commerce man was sentenced to 10 years behind bars in a stabbing case, according to court documents.

Damon Wesley Walker, 26, took a negotiated plea Oct. 30 on charges of aggravated battery and aggravated assault.

The incident took place in the early morning hours of June 17 on Marina Drive, according to court records.

According to the indictment, Walker was accused of puncturing the lung, breaking the hand and causing several stab wounds on the then 40-year-old victim.

The aggravated assault count alleged Walker struck the victim on his “hand, arm, and torso with a knife.”

The 40-year-old was taken to the hospital by Hall County Fire Services personnel and was returned to stable condition by the afternoon.

The total sentence imposed by Superior Court Judge Clint Bearden was 20 years, with the first 10 years in confinement. Walker will receive credit for time served, and the rest of the sentence may be served on probation. 

Along with no contact with the victim, Walker was ordered to not enter the premises of Gainesville Marina or Skogies in Gainesville. 

Defense attorney David Hoffer declined to comment.