Iowa man gets life in prison for killing wife

BOONE, Iowa (AP) — A central Iowa man convicted of killing his wife has been sentenced to life in prison.

Des Moines television station KCCI reports (http://bit.ly/15QEnmW ) 29-year-old Joshua Powell received the mandatory sentence in a Boone County courtroom Friday. The sentence carries no chance of parole.

A jury in May found Powell guilty of first-degree murder in the death of 25-year-old Jaclyn Powell.

A judge denied a motion Friday by Powell’s attorney, Katherine Flickinger, for a new trial. Flickinger had argued that the state did not show evidence that there was premeditation or deliberation in her client’s actions.

Investigators say Josh Powell called 911 in October to report that he and his wife had fought and that he’d struck her. An autopsy showed his wife died of asphyxiation due to strangulation.

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Information from: KCCI-TV, http://www.kcci.com

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