Trucker Gets Life Sentences in Des Moines Slayings

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By Rachel Begle

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - A truck driver has been given two life sentences for killing two men last year in Des Moines.

The Des Moines Register says 40-year-old Ronald Hawkinson was sentenced on Tuesday in Polk County District Court. He'd been convicted in October for the murders of 30-year-old Serif Hidic and 49-year-old Robert Smoot.

The men's bodies were found in May 2012 on the lot of a trucking company owned by Hidic. Hidic had sued Hawkinson over loan money that Hawkinson allegedly never repaid.

Prosecutors said during the trial that Hawkinson planned the killings. Hawkinson's attorneys had argued for manslaughter charges in the case.
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