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UPDATE: Judge sentences three to prison for 2022 shooting

Evidence showed that the defendants, without provocation, fired 48 gunshots at the three victims.

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4/9/2024

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Des Moines man convicted of first-degree murder in 2021 shooting

Darren Antwon Diggs, 29, was accused of killing Kalvyn Kline, 21, on Oct. 22, 2021, by shooting him multiple times in his head and chest outside Crosswinds Apartments at 1648 Hull Ave.

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3/29/2024

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Ankeny doctor convicted of sexual assault

He is scheduled to stand trial April 1, 2024, on an enhanced charge. If convicted, he could face 50 years in prison with a mandatory 42½ years.

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2/16/2024

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Mississippi man charged with third-degree criminal mischief in violation of individual rights

Evidence shows the defendant made statements to law enforcement and the public indicating he destroyed the property because of the victim’s religion.

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1/30/2024

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Walls sentenced to 65 years in prison for Starts Right Here shootings

“Preston, I wanted to be there for you,” Mr. Holmes said. “I had your back like there was no tomorrow and you know that. …. Why did you choose the place you love to do something like this?”

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1/18/2024

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East High shooting defendant sentenced to 70 years in prison

Jessica Lopez Torres, who was shot, said she saw no remorse on the part of the defendant. “I hate that I have to go through another surgery this summer because of the actions of you and your friends ... It hurts me to see you alive while I am walking like I am crippled.”

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1/4/2024

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Des Moines man gets 16 years in prison for drag-racing death

“You knew what you were doing that night, drinking and driving and racing,” the mother of Marcos Faguada told the defendant.

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12/14/2023

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Two Des Moines residents get prison terms after infant suffers broken bones

Both defendants were accused of injuring and/or failing to protect a 4-week-old infant who arrived at the hospital with multiple broken bones in October 2022.

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12/8/2023

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Boens convicted of first-degree murder for killing roommate

Russell Allen McKeehan Jr., 45, was found dead of gunshot wounds.

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11/20/2023

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Jury convicts Harris of first-degree murder in Drake area shooting

Evidence indicated that Tyrell Grimes and Andrew Jerome Harris, 44, argued outside Rico’s at Drake bar and grill.

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11/17/2023

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Des Moines man convicted of vehicular homicide in child’s death

Keith Jones, driving a BWM SUV, did not stay at the scene of the accident. Officers later identified Jones as the driver of the BMW. After several weeks, his vehicle was recovered from a business garage in Chicago.

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11/2/2023

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Des Moines man receives 45 years in prison for manslaughter, robberies

Mr. Dok’s father and brother shared how his actions had caused suffering for relatives and friends from Iowa to Africa.  “The killing of an innocent person will haunt you. You are such a young person, as Dok was. This will affect your mom, dad, and family."

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11/2/2023

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Des Moines woman receives up to 32 years in prison related to child’s death

Jamal Rankins was found unresponsive in the bathtub of the family’s home on Garfield Avenue on Dec. 20, 2020. An autopsy showed that Jamal had extensive injuries to his entire body and suffered physical neglect.

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10/31/2023

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County Attorney Graham comments on Starts Right Here verdict

"We continue to be heartbroken for our community, and we continue to grieve with the families.”

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10/13/2023

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Des Moines man convicted of murder in first homicide of 2022

Trishay Marsean Thompson, 24, of Des Moines, was found Jan. 9 with gunshot wounds in his car at an apartment complex in the 1400 block of Pennsylvania Avenue.

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9/22/2023

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Judge convicts Des Moines man for murdering Randi Light

Randi Light and Clarence Reed had been in a relationship for two years and lived together at the time of the murder.

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9/15/2023

National Hispanic Bar Association honors assistant county attorney
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National Hispanic Bar Association honors assistant county attorney

Morales, who has been in the office since November 2015, was chosen as one of 17 attorneys nationally for the Latina Leadership Academy.

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9/13/2023

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Graham: Shooting by Pleasant Hill officer was justified under Iowa law

‘Please talk about the need for a red flag law,' father says

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9/11/2023

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Des Moines man sentenced for sex abuse

As a condition of probation, Coby Hemphill must reside at the Fort Des Moines Correctional facility.

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9/1/2023

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Johnston homicide was self-defense, County Attorney Graham rules

The shooting of Steven Miller occurred on May 9, 2023.

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9/1/2023

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Four more teens sentenced in East High shootings

Three defendants remain to be sentenced in the fatal shootings.

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8/24/2023

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Des Moines man gets life sentence for Sonic stabbing

On Dec. 7, a jury convicted Pierce of all counts: first-degree murder, two counts of first-degree burglary, and going armed with intent.

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8/23/2023

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Jury finds Urbandale man guilty of first-degree murder

A Polk County jury convicted Dustin Lee Sample, 38, previously of Urbandale, of Murder in the First Degree Wednesday in the beating death of his wife, Mary.

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8/22/2023

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10th teen pleads guilty in East High shootings

Of the 10 defendants in the shootings, three pleaded guilty to first-degree murder, and four pleaded guilty to second-degree murder.

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8/3/2023

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Teen pleads guilty to murder in East High shootings

Jose Lopez-Perez, 15, was killed in the March 7, 2022, shooting, and Kemery Ortega and Jessica Lopez Torres were critically injured. They were part of a group of teens congregating outside the school when dozens of gunshots were fired toward them from three vehicles driving past.

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7/21/2023

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Des Moines man found guilty of first-degree murder, robbery

Sean Chapman was shot in the head in his apartment at 3620 Twana Drive in July 2022.

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7/20/2023

Black officers will hold training for youth
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Black officers will hold training for youth

The hands-on interactive training curriculum is geared towards teens and young adults from ages 13-18.

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6/29/2023