Iowa man sentenced to 50 years for killing father after theft

sean-schendelCOUNCIL BLUFFS, Iowa (AP) — A judge has sentenced a Council Bluffs man to 50 years in prison for killing his father.

The Daily Nonpareil reports (http://bit.ly/2eBjdZJ ) Sean Schendel was sentenced Monday after pleading guilty to voluntary manslaughter, first-degree robbery, two counts of second-degree theft, unlawful flight to avoid prosecution and obstruction of justice.

Schendel admitted killing Robert Schendel in August 2015 after his father realized his son had stolen $100 from him. During an altercation, Schendel shot his father with a handgun.

He then transferred $15,000 from his father’s bank account to his own and drove his father’s minivan to Colorado, where he was arrested in Sterling. Prosecutors say he went to Colorado to buy marijuana from a dispensary to celebrate his 21st birthday.

County Attorney Matt Wilber called it, “A very sad deal.”

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Information from: The Daily Nonpareil, http://www.nonpareilonline.com

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