Charges Dropped in Becker's Eluding Case

Mark Becker arrives at the Butler County Courthouse carrying a bible and wearing a bulletproof vest Wednesday, April 14, 2010, in Allison, Iowa. (Jim Slosiarek/The Gazette)

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By Becky Ogann

ALLISON (AP) - The Butler County Attorney's Office has dropped an eluding charge against a man convicted of killing Aplington-Parkersburg High School football coach Ed Thomas.

Butler County Attorney Greg Lievens says the charges were dropped against Mark Becker on Wednesday, the day he was sentenced to life in prison for Thomas' murder.

Lievens noted Monday "there wouldn't be any purpose to pursue" the charges after Becker's automatic life sentence on the first-degree murder conviction. He is not eligible for parole.

Becker was charged with threatening a Cedar Falls man and damaging his garage, then leading police on a chase last June.

After his arrest, Becker was admitted to a Waterloo hospital for evaluation, then released on June 23. Becker shot Thomas the next day.

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