MASON CITY, Iowa – The man accused of killing Samantha Teeter is now facing a reduced charge.
61-year-old Larry Whaley was originally accused of 1st degree murder for the December 2, 2016 shooting of Teeter in Mason City. Cerro Gordo County Attorney Carlyle Dalen has changed that to a charge of 2nd degree murder. He tells KIMT that after consulting with the Iowa Attorney General’s Office, it was decided that 2nd degree murder was the most appropriate charge.
1st degree murder is a class “A” felony in Iowa and carries a mandatory life sentence.
2nd degree murder is a class “B” felony and is punishable by up to 50 years in prison. Dalen says Whaley faces a minimum of 35 years behind bars if convicted.
Whaley is still scheduled to stand trial on December 18.