January 19, 2019 04:58 PM
MUSCATINE, Iowa (AP) - An eastern Iowa man who tried to organize the killings of witnesses from behind bars so they couldn't testify against him has been sentenced to at least 50 years in prison.
The Muscatine Journal reports that 38-year-old old Justin Lee DeWitt was sentenced Friday in Muscatine County District Court for three counts of attempted murder. His sentence is to be served after a 35-year sentence he's already serving in a separate case.
Dewitt was an inmate at the Muscatine County Jail after being arrested in Johnson County for trying to coordinate the murders of four people, including two children. Prosecutors say that while he was incarcerated, Dewitt tried to coordinate the murders of three witnesses from his Johnson County case so they couldn't testify.
Authorities say Dewitt spoke twice to someone he thought had a connection to a contract killer, but the contact was really an undercover officer.
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Created: January 19, 2019 04:58 PM
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