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Killer of Garner city councilman dies in prison

Robert Richey Robert Richey

Received life sentence after shotgun slaying in 1996.

Posted: Aug 13, 2018 4:24 PM

CORALVILLE, Iowa (AP) — Authorities say a man convicted in a 1996 northeast Iowa slaying has died in a state prison facility.

The Iowa Corrections Department said Monday that Robert Richey died of natural causes at 9:40 a.m. Sunday at the Iowa Medical and Classification Center in Coralville. He was 74.

Richey had been housed there because of chronic illness.

He was sentenced to life in prison after his conviction for the shotgun killing of a Garner city councilman, Don Larkin Jr. Authorities say Larkin had been dating Richey's former wife.

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