Iowa’s juvenile lifers

 

The following is a list of people in Iowa prisons serving life sentences for murders they committed when they were juveniles.

 

One person is serving a life sentence for a kidnapping committed as a juvenile. The list is provided by the Iowa Department of Corrections.

July 16, 2012 The Governor of Iowa commuted all these offenders to a life WITH parole sentence to avoid further challenges based on the US Supreme Court decision in Miller v Alabama. But their first chance at parole is not until after they have served 60 years – they will all be 76 or 77 years old before they have a chance to be released.

The Governor did this after consultation with victims and attorneys. NOVJL applauds his helpful decision that will save victims families much agony and the taxpayers of Iowa much expense, hassle and ultimately endangerment from killers being released too early.

 

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First name Last name Total life sentences Life for kidnapping Life for murder Life for sex crimes Earliest offense Age at offense Age as of June 25, 2012
Edgar Concepcion 2 1 1 7/10/2009 14 years, 5 months, 25 days 17
Kristina Fetters 1 1 10/25/1994 14 years, 8 months, 20 days 32
Ruthann Veal 1 1 6/15/1993 14 years, 10 months, 26 days 34
John Mulder 1 1 4/23/1976 14 years, 11 months, 28 days 51
Eric Querrey 1 1 4/13/1991 15 years, 0 months, 26 days 36
Rene Zarate 1 1 5/2/1999 15 years, 4 months, 1 days 29
Sean Rhomberg 1 1 11/24/1991 15 years, 4 months, 17 days 36
Jayson Speaks 1 1 10/4/1994 15 years, 5 months, 27 days 33
Romeo Hardin 1 1 8/22/1996 15 years, 6 months, 5 days 31
Paulino Aldape 1 1 8/30/1977 15 years, 7 months, 9 days 50
Burt Smith 1 1 10/4/1994 15 years, 10 months, 27 days 34
Derek Smith 1 1 10/4/1994 15 years, 10 months, 27 days 34
Michael Coffman 1 1 7/25/1994 16 years, 0 months, 19 days 34
James Corder 1 1 3/25/1987 16 years, 1 months, 22 days 41
Matthew Payne 1 1 7/26/1998 16 years, 4 months, 10 days 30
Christopher Langley 1 1 2/20/2004 16 years, 4 months, 15 days 25
Joshua George 1 1 6/29/1996 16 years, 6 months, 4 days 33
Michael Cargill 2 1 1 2/20/2004 16 years, 7 months, 13 days 25
Glenn McGhee 3 3 1/19/1972 16 years, 8 months, 140 days 57
David Epps 1 1 7/17/1980 16 years, 9 months, 10 days 49
Juan Astello 1 1 6/6/1997 16 years, 9 months, 26 days 32
Ryan Wedebrand 2 1 1 6/6/1997 16 years, 10 months, 23 days 32
Joseph White 2 2 11/29/1992 17 years, 1 months, 5 days 37
Leroy Rand 1 1 6/8/1976 17 years, 1 months, 9 days 53
Tyler Oberhart 1 1 10/6/2007 17 years, 3 months, 4 days 22
Ruben Deases 1 1 5/28/1989 17 years, 3 months, 16 days 40
Thomas Bennett 1 1 8/4/1998 17 years, 4 months, 0 days 31
Jose Ruesga 1 1 3/5/1992 17 years, 4 months, 10 days 38
Yvette Louisell 1 1 12/6/1987 17 years, 5 months, 1 days 42
Michael Swanson 2 2 11/15/2010 17 years, 6 months, 4 days 19
Christine Lockheart 1 1 2/17/1985 17 years, 6 months, 16 days 45
Damion Seats 1 1 8/24/2008 17 years, 7 months, 21 days 21
Damon Calaway 2 1 1 8/11/1996 17 years, 7 months, 29 days 34
Jeffrey Ragland 1 1 8/16/1986 17 years, 8 months, 5 days 44
Robert Winfrey 1 1 3/29/1972 17 years, 9 months, 1 days 58
Mitchell Ronek 1 1 10/8/1984 17 years, 9 months, 9 days 46
John Harris 1 1 7/24/1996 17 years, 10 months, 26 days 34
Vanice Heath 1 1 3/17/1995 17 years, 11 months, 5 days 35
David Keegan 1 1 1/6/2002 17 years, 11 months, 8 days 28