Suspects Tied to Fatal Drug Sting Face Prison

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By Rachel Begle

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) - Prosecutors are seeking prison terms for two drug-dealing suspects involved in an undercover sting in which an investigator shot and killed one of their associates in Iowa City.

John Mulbah and Norman Dudley will be sentenced Thursday in federal court in Davenport. They've pleaded guilty to conspiring to distribute cocaine base.

The men were arrested in August 2012 after an Iowa Division of Narcotics Enforcement action at an Iowa City trailer park.

Prosecutors say undercover DNE agent Daniel Stepleton was ambushed by armed men after entering the trailer to buy drugs. He managed to push Ivan Hardemon's gun away, grab his own, and open fire, killing Hardemon.

Dudley and Mulbah were arrested later. Prosecutors are seeking prison sentences of up to 135 months for Mulbah and 63 months for Dudley.

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