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    August 18: 1987: Ember Kimberly Mars, 27, was raped and murdered in her Kearns, UT apartment by David Franklin Young.  He was convicted and sentenced to death.  His conviction and sentence was overturned. He was reconvicted and sentenced to LWOP.  He was also convicted of murders in Illinois and Indiana.  He is serving his sentences out of the State of Utah.

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With Friends Like This…Matthew Stegman was killed in Woodland Cemetery after being stabbed and beaten to death by 5 of his friends


Matthew John Stegman

Find-A-Grave: Matthew John Stegman
Man found in Des Moines cemetery died of stab wounds
Man pleads guilty in slaying of man in cemetery
Des Moines man gets 60 years for cemetery slaying
State of Iowa v Robert Joe Myers 2008 (conviction and sentence affirmed)
State of Iowa v Andrew Russell Johnson 2009 (conviction and sentence affirmed)
State of Iowa v Terry Joe Williams 2009 (conviction and sentence affirmed)
State of Iowa v Andrew Russell Johnson 2010 (conviction and sentence affirmed)
State of Iowa v Andrew Russell Johnson 2015 (conviction and sentence affirmed)
The Dark Side of Iowa: Sheri Fisher
The Dark Side of Iowa: Andrew Johnson
The Dark Side of Iowa: Robert Myers
The Dark Side of Iowa: Terry Williams
Robert Johnston: Did I Commit a Crime?
Facebook: Matthew John Stegman RIP

Movies/Documentaries
Murder Among Friends: Hell Storm

Defendants
Andrew Russell Johnson – convicted, sentenced to 50 years in prison
Robert ‘Wolf’ Myers II – convicted, sentenced to life in prison
Terry Williams – convicted, sentenced to life in prison
Sheri Fisher – convicted, sentenced to 35 years in prison
Robert Johnston – pled guilty, sentenced to 60 years in prison

INMATE INFORMATION

Name Andrew Russell Johnson
Offender Number 6482269
Sex M
Birth Date 07/17/1984
Location Clarinda Correctional Facility
Offense MURDER – 2ND DEGREE, 85%
TDD/SDD * 10/06/2049
Commitment Date 03/05/2008
Recall Date 11/02/2041

INMATE INFORMATION

Name Robert Joe Myers, II
Offender Number 6391278
Sex M
Birth Date 06/08/1982
Location Iowa State Penitentiary
Offense MURDER 1ST DEGREE
TDD/SDD * LIFE
Commitment Date 11/14/2007
Recall Date

INMATE INFORMATION

Name Terry Joe Williams
Offender Number 6979369
Sex M
Birth Date 05/13/1984
Location Iowa State Penitentiary
Offense MURDER 1ST DEGREE
TDD/SDD * LIFE
Commitment Date 08/14/2007
Recall Date

INMATE INFORMATION

Name Sheri Fisher
Offender Number 6684296
Sex F
Birth Date 07/31/1984
Location Iowa Correctional Institution for Women
Offense ATTEMPTED MURDER, 85%
TDD/SDD * 06/19/2032
Commitment Date 03/07/2008
Recall Date 05/03/2024

INMATE INFORMATION

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Monsters Among Us: Carloss Darnell Robinson raped and killed his new neighbor, Christina Sanoubane; Sentenced to life in prison


Christina Sanoubane

Find-A-Grave: Christina Sanoubane
Arrest made in Cedar Rapids murder
Cedar Rapids murder trial opens with many questions
State of Iowa v Carloss Darnell Robinson 2003 (conviction and sentence affirmed)
Judge denies inmate’s request for DNA testing in 2000 death
Killers Convicted With The Most Unlikely Evidence
The Dark Side of Iowa: Carloss Robinson
Cedar Rapids murder case featured on truTV tonight

Movies/Documentaries
Forensic Files: Purebread Murder
Six Degrees of Murder: A Fresh Start

INMATE INFORMATION

Name Carloss Darnell Robinson
Offender Number 1095521
Sex M
Birth Date 07/29/1971
Location Iowa State Penitentiary
Offense MURDER 1ST DEGREE
TDD/SDD * LIFE
Commitment Date 04/15/2002
Recall Date
Mandatory Minimum (if applicable)
* TDD = Tentative Discharge Date
* SDD = Supervision Discharge Date

Charges
SUPERVISION STATUS Prison
OFFENSE CLASS A Felony
COUNTY OF COMMITMENT Linn
END DATE

Cold Case: Diane Marie Schofield murder 7/7/1975 Des Moines, IA *Found in the trunk of a car; Still unsolved – can you help?*


Diane Marie Schofield

Facebook: Justice For Diane Schofield
Iowa Cold Case: Diane Marie Schofield
Gone Cold: Diane Schofield, killed in 1975
The Dark Side of Iowa: Diane Marie Schofield
We seek Justice for Diane Schofields murder in 1975, Des Moines, Iowa (old petition)
IA – Diane Schofield, 21, Des Moines, 7 July 1975

Parents Gone Wild! Nicole and Joseph Finn are charged in the starvation death of their daughter, Natalie, and also of neglect for their other children


Natalie Finn

This is a shameful, inexcusable situation. These parents let their children go without any food or water for many reasons. And often, as well. The children resorted to begging, when they could get out of the house. Joseph at some point nailed boards over the windows so that the children could not get out. When they went to school, they were smelly, unbathed and wearing the same dirty clothes over and over again. I cannot even fathom that. Why on earth would you do that? Why would you starve your children or not give them medical attention? These children were not just abused, but they were tortured. They were held in a home that smelled of feces and urine (human and animal). These two are not just disgraceful excuses of parents, but they are disgraceful “human beings”. There are many things that I would prefer to call them, but I leave my potty mouth at home when I am on here. But I am sure many of you would agree. I hope the other two children will be okay. I am so sorry that it took the death of this beautiful 16-year-old girl for someone to do something.

16-year-old West Des Moines girl died of starvation
Iowa parents arrested in teen daughter’s starvation to death
Parents Charged in Connection to Death of 16 Year-Old West Des Moines Girl
Starved teen found in diaper on linoleum floor, records reveal
Adopted girl dies after life in most horrific circumstances imaginable
Parents facing charge after Iowa 16-year-old found starved to death
Teen, siblings were tortured by parents, court documents say
Neighbor: Iowa agency never followed up on complaint of starving child
Search warrant reveals new details in Natalie Finn case
Lawmaker: Case workers didn’t take abuse reports seriously before teen starved
Iowa: Nicole Finn ran an animal rescue while she tortured and starved her daughter to death, say court records. (VERY good article)

Defendants
Nicole Marie Finn
Joseph Michael Finn

INMATE INFORMATION

Offender/Name ID 282225
Name NICOLE MARIE FINN
Book Date 12/8/2016 9:11 AM
Age 42
Height 5′ 06″
Weight 130
Race White
Sex Female
Eyes Hazel
Hair Brown
City WEST DES MOINES, IA

INMATE INFORMATION

Offender/Name ID 176759
Name JOSEPH MICHAEL FINN
Book Date 12/8/2016 9:55 AM
Age 46
Height 6′ 02″
Weight 270
Race White
Sex Male
Eyes Brown
Hair Brown
City URBANDALE, IA

Monsters Among Us: Convicted sex offender Roger Paul Bentley kidnapped, raped, and killed 10-year-old Jetseta Marrie Gage; Sentenced to LWOP

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Jetseta Marrie Gage

Jetseta Marrie Gage obituary
Find-A-Grave: Jetseta Marrie Gage
In The Arms Of The Angels…Jetseta Marrie Gage
Jetseta Gage murder and abuse cases timeline
Suspected Child Abductor in Police Custody
Sex Offender Charged in Iowa Girl’s Death
Attorneys seek new court in kidnapping, murder trial
Bentley murder trial features day of grisly images
Jurors learn about events on day Gage disappeared
Testimony in Roger Bentley trial shifts to evidence
Roger Bentley found guilty of murder, kidnapping of 10-year-old Jetseta Gage
Judge calls crime most despicable he’s seen
Roger Bentley sentenced to life in prison
Five-year anniversary of Jetseta Gage murder
Wikipedia: Jetseta Gage
IA – Jetseta Gage, 10, abducted & murdered, Cedar Rapids, 24 March 2005
Man Convicted of Raping, Killing 10-Year-Old Girl Protests Removal of Her Pictures from his Cell
State of Iowa v Roger Paul Bentley 2008 (conviction and sentence affirmed)

INMATE INFORMATION

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Name Roger Paul Bentley
Offender Number 0059609
Sex M
Birth Date 6/13/1967
Age 49
Location Clarinda Correctional Facility
Offense MURDER 1ST DEGREE
County Of Commitment Johnson
Commitment Date 2/24/2006
Duration LIFE
TDD/SDD * LIFE

* TDD = Tentative Discharge Date
* SDD = Supervision Discharge Date

Supervision Status: Prison
Offense Class: A Felony
County of Commitment: Johnson
End Date:

Gloria Gary murder 1/3/2017 (approximately) Des Moines, IA *Kyle Alexander Jepson charged with her murder; Arrested in Utah with Gloria Gary’s car*

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Gloria Gary

Facebook: Missing Person: Gloria Gary
Man accused of killing woman who’d been reported missing
Man accused of killing woman who’d been reported missing
Images Released of Man Allegedly Connected to Missing Des Moines Woman
Des Moines man charged after body found in missing woman’s home
Police: Woman’s body was hidden where no one could see it
Des Moines Man Found in Utah Accused of Missing Woman’s Murder
IA – Gloria Gary, 49, Des Moines, 3 Jan 2017 *Arrest*
Facebook: Kyle Jepson

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Kyle Alexander Jepson

Murder In The Family: Sean Michael Freese charged with killing his parents, Kevin and Donna Freese

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Kevin and Donna Freese

Davenport Police confirm two dead in shooting on West 59th Street
Davenport Police say two found dead inside W. 59th Street home
Davenport couple found shot to death in home early Wednesday
Davenport police ID 2 people found dead in house
Police: Son fatally shot parents in Davenport home
Son charged with killing parents
Davenport police make arrest in connection with deaths of 2 people

INMATE INFORMATION

seanfreese

Inmate Profile:

169118 84567

First:SEAN
Middle:MICHAEL
Last:FREESE
Affix:Permanent
ID:16-16173
Sex:Male
Date of Birth:2/8/1996
Age:20
Height:5′ 11″
Weight:185 Pounds
Race:White
Hair Color:BROWN HAIR
Hair Length:SHORT
Eye Color:Hazel eyes
Complexion:Light
Incarceration Information:

Arresting Agency: DAVENPORT POLICE DEPARTMENT (DAPD)
Booking Date Time:10/5/2016 4:04 PM
Booking Number:16-49572
Housed at:
Release Date: In Custody
Release Type:
Release Custody:
Duration of Custody: In Custody

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