Iowa Supreme Court denies appeal in 1982 killing

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — The Iowa Supreme Court won’t review the sentencing of a northern Iowa man convicted for a 1982 murder.

The Mason City Globe Gazette reports (http://bit.ly/17wQci5 ) Thursday the Supreme Court denied review of Leroy S. Seiler’s case. He had appealed after the Court of Appeals in July upheld a Hancock County District Court decision that denied his sentencing appeal.

Seiler was convicted in the murder of 65-year-old Wilmer Gilles, who was beaten to death in his tavern.

A judge sentenced Seiler to life in prison, less 134 days he was jailed before sentencing.

Seiler claimed the sentence was unconstitutional because he couldn’t be credited for the day if he served until death.

The appeals court says Seiler could be given credit if his sentence was commuted to a term of years.

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Information from: Globe Gazette, http://www.globegazette.com/

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