CERRO GORDO Co., IA - A North Iowa man who was once on trial for first degree murder charges has been found guilty of a lesser charge.
Braedon Bowers was found guilty of voluntary manslaughter for the stabbing death of Wraymond Todd in May of 2017.
Closing arguments Monday lasted 3 hours with both parties urging the jury to use “common sense” when making their decision.
After more than three hours the jury deliberated with a guilty verdict of voluntary manslaughter.
Man slaughter carries a ten year minimum prison sentence with time served something Cerro Gordo County Attorney Carlyle Dalen said Todd’s family and friends are reacting to with mixed emotions.
“They‘re at least happy that it was voluntary manslaughter,” said Dalen. “He will go to prison for the charge.”
While the State Public Defender’s Office said while Bowers can breathe a sigh of relief he said there is no winner in this case.
“Mr. Todd’s family is going to suffer and I wish there was some way that we could make their suffering end,” said Assistant State Public Defender Matthew Sheeley. “The jury has spoken and it’s a tragedy for everyone involved.”
Sheeley said he plans to challenge the court on the 10-year mandatory sentence.
Bowers' sentencing hearing is set for October 12th.