Marshalltown man guilty of voluntary manslaughter

MASON CITY, Iowa (AP) — A jury has convicted a Marshalltown man of voluntary manslaughter and other charges in the death of a 59-year-old Garwin man.

A Cerro Gordo County jury Wednesday found Jeremy A. Gartin guilty of voluntary manslaughter, abuse of a corpse and carrying a concealed weapon in the Oct. 1 death of David Warnell.

The Marshalltown Times-Republican reports (http://bit.ly/1cTZ8nc ) the charges are less severe than the first-degree murder charge sought by prosecutors. That charge requires a lifetime sentence. The manslaughter charge carries a 10-year sentence.

Warnell was shot in the head and his fingers, teeth and patches of tattooed skin were removed from his body. The body parts were found in garbage bags collected at Gartin’s home.

The trial was moved from Marshal County to Cerro Gordo County. Sentencing is Feb. 3.

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Information from: Times-Republican, http://www.timesrepublican.com

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