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Man gets 50 years for fatal hammer beating of another man

A Burlington man who used a claw hammer to beat another man to death has been given 50 years in prison.

Posted: Jun. 12, 2018 4:02 PM

BURLINGTON, Iowa (AP) - A Burlington man who used a claw hammer to beat another man to death has been given 50 years in prison.

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Des Moines County District Court records say Layton Tapscott was sentenced Friday. He'd pleaded guilty in April to second-degree murder after prosecutors lowered the charge from first-degree murder.

Prosecutors say he killed 32-year-old Julian Menke in Menke's Burlington home in October 2016. Tapscott told a judge that he was angry at Menke because he thought Menke had made unwanted sexual advances to the mother of Tapscott's child.

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