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PLEA DEAL: Ahlers Sentenced To 18 Years

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A Manchester man has accepted a plea deal for his role in the 2012 deaths of an elderly Iowa couple.

Twenty-one-year-old Brandon Ahlers was originally charged with two counts of aiding and abetting in first degree murder. Ahlers’ friend, Isaiah Sweet, is still awaiting trial in the deaths of his grandparents Richard and Janet Sweet.

In a plea deal this summer, Ahlers agreed to testify in Isaiah Sweet’s trial in exchange for lesser charges. Those include unauthorized possession of an offensive weapon, third-degree burglary and accessory after the fact to murder in the first degree.

He’s sentenced to 18 years in prison and counseling.

The family of Rick and Janet Sweet showed up for the sentencing. They were the ones who found the Sweets’ bodies on Mother’s Day.

Angie Camlin, the daughter of the victims, told the court, “Brandon has committed a hateful, evil crime and it affected the lives of many, many people. Please keep my family and everyone’s family safe by keeping him locked up!”

The trial for Isaiah Sweet, the man accused of killing his grandparents, is set for mid-October at the Dubuque County Courthouse.