A federal jury in Sioux City has reached a verdict in Iowa’s first death penalty case in 41 years. The jury this afternoon returned verdicts of guilty against Honken on five counts of conspiracy to commit murder while engaged in a drug trafficking conspiracy, five counts of murder while continuing a criminal enterprise, five counts of witness tampering, soliciting murder of a federal witness, and conspiracy to commit multiple offenses including tampering with witnesses and soliciting the murder of witnesses. The murder counts carry sentences of either life in prison or the death penalty. It’s now up to that same jury that found Honken guilty to sit through the penalty phase of the trial and decide whether or not Honken will be sentenced to death. The penalty phase of the trial could last up to one week.
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