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SAC CITY, Iowa Court records show that an Iowa man charged with killing his mother and kidnapping another woman hours after getting out of prison last week told police in 2008 that he planned to use duct tape found in his backpack to rape a girl.
The Wisconsin prosecutor in a 2009 car theft case involving Kirk Levin, 21, told the court Levin was once caught hiding in the basement of a girl he was targeting.
Prison officials said they had no choice but to release the 21-year-old on Jan. 1 when his 5-year sentence for burglary ended three years early, under a state law that routinely cuts inmates' sentences in half.
Bond for Levin was set at $1 million in the case Tuesday morning, The Fort Dodge Messenger newspaper reported.
Levin made his initial appearance in a Sac County courtroom Tuesday. He is charged with first-degree murder.
A preliminary autopsy report released Monday showed that Marilyn Schmitt, 45, Kirk's mother, died of sharp force injuries -- stab wounds. Her death has been ruled a homicide.
Authorities said Schmitt was found dead by law enforcement officers in an upstairs bedroom at her home near Early during an investigation into a kidnapping report.
The investigation shows Schmitt died earlier that morning.
Levin was arrested on charges unrelated to Schmitt's death after a report that he was involved in a kidnapping case.
A 21-year-old woman told investigators that Levin assaulted her and told her he was kidnapping her after showing up at the home Thursday morning asking for a ride.
She managed to get away and get help from a resident. After talking with the woman, deputies found Levin hiding in a barn.
Levin is being held in the Sac County Jail.