Marshalltown Man Sentenced to 87 Years in Slaying

MARSHALLTOWN, Iowa (AP) — A Marshalltown man has been sentenced to 87 years in prison in connection with the October death of a man whose fingers, teeth and patches of tattooed skin were removed from his body.

The sentence Monday for 30-year-old Jeremy Gartin follows a conviction of voluntary manslaughter, abuse of a corpse and carrying a concealed weapon. David Warnell, of Garwin, was found wrapped in a sleeping bag in Gartin's home basement. He was shot in the head.

The Marshalltown Times-Republican reports the bulk of Gartin's sentence stems from drug and gun charges filed after his trial testimony. He made a plea deal with prosecutors.

Gartin says he accidentally shot Warnell during a drug deal dispute. He will serve at least 20 years in prison.
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