A Boone County man convicted of killing his wife was sentenced to life in prison Friday.
A jury found Joshua Powell guilty of strangling Jaclyn Powell at their Ogden home last October. Police say Powell called 911 and reported her death the day after Jaclyn died.
Powell was at the Boone County Courthouse for sentencing Friday morning, where his attorney, Katherine Flickinger, also requested a new trial.
“We believe that there was no sufficient proof by the state that there was malice, forethought and pre-meditation or deliberation.”
The motion was denied.
The mandatory sentence for first degree murder in Iowa is life in prison without the possibility of parole.
Jaclyn’s sister-in-law, Christie Goodrich is now the guardian of the Powell’s two young children, was the only family member to speak at Friday’s sentencing.
“No child should lose a parent, not only did Andy and Addie lose their mother by their fathers hands but also their father,” Goodrich told the court.
Powell will have no chance of parole.