Iowa Man Gets Life Without Parole for Killing Officers

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Scott Michael Greene provided little insight into what drove him to kill two Iowa police officers in early morning ambush shootings last year even as he admitted to the crimes on Friday, the Des Moines Register reports. Greene, 46, pleaded guilty to two counts of first-degree murder, telling a judge he fired the bullets Nov. 2, 2016, that killed Urbandale officer Justin Martin and Des Moines Sgt. Anthony “Tony” Beminio. The confession capped six months of heartache for three families and two police departments, but left unanswered questions that still swirl around the murders.

Des Moines Police Chief Dana Wingert said, “I don’t feel a sense of relief,” he said. “I know my co-workers don’t. I don’t feel a sense of closure. I’m not at the point of forgiveness.” Judge Karen Romano sentenced Greene to two consecutive life sentences without the possibility of parole, describing the shootings as “nothing short of an execution.” Greene was also ordered to pay a total of $300,000 in restitution to the officers’ families.

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