Court Rejects Appeal by Convicted Waterloo Killer

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By Aaron Hepker

WATERLOO, Iowa (AP) — A Waterloo man convicted of killing his girlfriend in front of their children will remain in prison after the Iowa Court of Appeals rejected his argument that his attorney didn't properly explain his plea deal.

The Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier reports the court Wednesday upheld the second-degree murder conviction of 32-year-old Dewayne LaCory Craft.

He argued his plea wasn't proper because his attorney led him to believe future legislators would lower mandatory minimum sentences.

The court ruled Craft understood the mandatory minimum rules.

Under those rules, second-degree murder is punishable by up to 50 years in prison, and defendants must serve at least 70 percent of the sentence before being eligible for parole.

Authorities say Craft beat and strangled 26-year-old Shayla Todd in front of their sons in 2007.
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