June 14th Sentencing Set for Dayton in Marengo Murder

Jessica A. Dayton, facing first degree murder charges related to the Curtis Bailey murder.

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By Richard Pratt

MARENGO - Jessica Dayton, convicted of first-degree murder in Iowa County District Court last week, will be sentenced at 1 p.m. June 14.

Dayton, , 20, of Belle Plaine, faces a mandatory life sentence for her part in the brutal beating death of her former boss Curtis Bailey, 33, of Marengo, last year.

Dayton, along with Bailey’s former live-in girlfriend Denise Frei, 44, of Marengo, and Frei’s son Jacob Hilgendorf, 19, of Belle Plaine, had a plan to get Bailey drunk and kill him. Evidence at the trial revealed Dayton dropped a landscaping rock on Bailey’s head three times.

Frei and Hilgendorf will stand trial for first-degree murder in January.

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