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Iowa man sentenced to life for hacking death of three people

April 23, 2017  |  Posted by: JammedUp Staff
Iowa man sentenced to life for hacking death of three people

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An Iowa judge has sentenced a man convicted of hacking to death his girlfriend, her teenage daughter and their landlord last year with a machete to life-in-prison.

Carlos Hernandez-Ventura who was found guilty last month on three counts of first-degree murder was sentenced on Friday, the Des Moines Register reported.

Iowa prosecutors say the 25-year-old Hernandez-Ventura used a machete to butcher 34-year-old Lourdes Flor De Leake, 14-year-old Melany Barraza, and 78-year-old Juan Jimenez Tejada at a home in the town of Perry located 30 miles northwest of Des Moines on October 29th.

During the trial, Hernandez-Ventura testified that Leake’s estranged husband had ordered the slayings, but investigators maintained they found no evidence he had any involvement in the murders.

Dallas County Assistant District Attorney Erica Clark read a victim impact statement written by Leake’s sister Jennifer Hernandez to the court.

“I hope you burn in hell and enjoy the rest of your life in jail because you are not getting out. You deserve more than a life sentence because what you did has no words,” Hernandez wrote.

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