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Iowan Gets 50 Years in Stabbing Death of Mason City Man

Posted at: 03/08/2013 4:51 PM

MASON CITY, Iowa (AP) - A Waterloo man was sentenced to 50 years in prison after being convicted of the stabbing death of a Mason City man.
    
A judge gave the sentence Friday to 23-year-old James Farnsworth II after a Cerro Gordo County jury found him guilty in January of second-degree murder in the killing of Ian Decker.
    
Prosecutors say the 23-year-old Decker was stabbed in a fight with Farnsworth in April 2012. Decker was found lying on the ground and died later at a hospital.
    
The Globe Gazette of Mason City reports (http://bit.ly/13LEGCf ) Decker's parents fought back tears as they described their son at the sentencing.
    
Stephen Decker says he had many plans for his son, telling Farnsworth, "You stole that from us."
    
Farnsworth must serve 35 years before he's eligible for parole.
    
Information from: Globe Gazette, http://www.globegazette.com/

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