MARSHALLTOWN MURDER: Gartin Convicted Of Manslaughter

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A Marshalltown man facing a first degree murder charge was instead convicted of the lesser charge of voluntary manslaughter Wednesday.

Jeremy Gartin is accused of killing 59-year-old David Warnell at his father’s home in October.

The Marshalltown Times-Republican reports he testified that he accidentally shot Warnell then dismembered his body so police couldn’t identify it.

Despite that confession, the jury handed down the lesser sentence meaning Gartin avoids a life sentence without parole.

A sentencing date hasn’t been set. Gratin now faces up to 10 years in prison.


  • MaryCannon Derisory Apodaca

    I do NOT understand our justice system.
    Over the past month the people of Iowa have shown no compassion for a dying woman imprisoned for life for a killing she committed at age 14.

    NOW, a jury fails to give life a life sentence to a man who SAYS he “accidentally” killed someone and then dismembers the body so his
    little accident won’t be discovered.

    This guy deserved nothing less than life in prison.

    • MaryCannon Derisory Apodaca

      Yancy Warnell and Family,

      I am deeply saddened for you in the of your Uncle.
      I didn’t know him or even of him until I read that his killer
      would only do a short prison term for his actions.

      I am disgusted with our judicial system and the many
      juries across our nation that allow killers to walk away
      from their crimes… most of them laughing as they go.

      Society seems to have concluded there is no value
      of life.

      There is something very wrong with our judicial system and society.

  • William Denison

    In the Marshalltown local paper today theres another story about a man givin 20 years for sending child porn over the internet.
    I don’t understand this.. How can a muderer get less time than a chomo? Maybe they’ll be cellies.

    • MaryCannon Derisory Apodaca

      Amazing isn’t it? Twenty years for using the Internet to distribute child porn! What about the children? What about what the emotional and mental anguish these children suffer? Both of these creeps should have been locked up for the rest of their natural lives.

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