Kirksville teens convicted in brutal Iowa murder to be resentenced
Fri, 14 Feb 2014 20:46:38 GMT —
Three Kirksville men convicted of a brutal murder in central Iowa will be back in court.
Nearly 20 years ago, Rebecca Hauser, a mother of four children, was found brutally murdered on a rural road in Marshall County.
Burt Smith, 35, Derek Smith, 35 and Jayson Speaks, 34, all juveniles at the time, were convicted of first-degree murder and sentenced to life in prison without parole.
According to the Marshalltown Times-Republican, all three men will be resentenced following an August decision by the Iowa Supreme Court that made mandatory life sentences illegal for juveniles. Their convictions will stand, but their life sentences will likely be changed.
Another juvenile in the case, Blake Privitt, formerly of Green City, Mo., pleaded guilty to second-degree murder and first-degree robbery. He was sentenced to 75 years in prison.
All four had run away from their homes with a plan to rob people to fund their way to Canada.
Prosecutors say on the night of Oct. 4, 1994, the three killed Hauser in a robbery attempt. They say the boys pretended to be police officers and pulled over Hauser's car, shot her, stabbed her more than 30 times and then beat her to death.
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