Federal prosecutors are asking a judge to consider reducing the sentence of a jailhouse informant who provided information leading to the discovery of five people killed in a drug-related slaying in north-central Iowa in 1993. Prosecutors have filed paperwork asking for the federal life sentence of Bobby McNeese to be cut to 20 years for providing essential information that helped find the five victims who were murdered by drug dealer Dustin Honken in 1993. The victims bodies were found at two different locations in the rural area surrounding Mason City in November 2000.
McNeese received a life sentence after being caught in a venture to import heroine and morphine from Europe to Florida while he was in federal prison in 1995. At the time, he was within a few months of being released for a Cedar Rapids bank robbery conviction.
McNeese is now thought to be in prison in the federal Witness Security Program. Honken and accomplice Angela Johnson were convicted in the drug-related killings and are now sitting on federal death row in Terre Haute Indiana.