Man Sentenced to Life in Prison for Murder

Kevin Ambrose makes his initial court appearance with Public Defender Tomas Rodriguez at the Black Hawk County Jail Friday, May 4, 2012, in Waterloo, Iowa. (MATTHEW PUTNEY / Courier Photo Editor)

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By Aaron Hepker

WATERLOO, Iowa (AP) — A Waterloo man convicted of fatally shooting his ex-fiancee's mother has been sentenced to life in prison for first-degree murder.

Judge Todd Geer also sentenced Kevin Ambrose Monday to 50 years in prison for two attempted murder charges. A five-year sentence on a firearm charge will run concurrently.

The Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier reports sheriff's deputies cleared the courtroom before sentencing after arguments between Ambrose, his family and the family of his ex-fiance, Marlene Buss, turned physical.

The 34-year-old Ambrose was convicted in February for the death of 59-year-old Kay Straw. He also was convicted of shooting Buss and trying to shoot the father of Buss' children, Undray Reed.
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