NW Iowa man gets life for murder, kidnapping

EARLY, Iowa (AP) — A northwest Iowa man convicted of killing his mother and kidnapping another woman has been sentenced to life in prison.

A jury found 21-year-old Kirk Levin guilty in June of first-degree murder in the January death of 45-year-old Marilynn Schmitt and third-degree kidnapping in the abduction of a woman he met online.

The Sioux City Journal reports (http://bit.ly/13jA6Xh ) that on Friday, Judge Timothy J. Finn gave Levin a life sentence.

Finn also rejected Levin’s request for a new trial.

Levin’s trial was moved to Webster County because of heavy publicity. His attorney argued a second change of venue request should have been granted. The attorney also says Levin’s statements to police after his arrest should have been inadmissible evidence at trial.

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Information from: Sioux City Journal, http://www.siouxcityjournal.com

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