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Two Anamosa Inmates Charged with Murder Previously Housed in Same County Jail

The two prisoners charged in the murders of a nurse and guard at the Anamosa State Penitentiary were both formerly held in the Woodbury County Jail in western Iowa.

28-year old Michael Dutcher of Sioux City and 39-year-old Thomas Woodard of Union, Nebraska are each charged with first-degree murder, attempted murder, and second-degree kidnapping in Tuesday’s killings.

Woodbury County Chief Deputy Tony Wingert remembers Dutcher well.

Wingert says the deaths at the Anamosa prison are a grim reminder that jail staff deal with dangerous inmates every day.

The DCI says Dutcher and Woodard struck and killed registered nurse Lorena Schulte and correctional officer Robert McFarland with a hammer when they tried to stop them from escaping the prison Tuesday morning. Dutcher and Woodard served time in Woodbury County on several robbery and theft charges.

Dutcher was taken to Anamosa in 2015 to serve a 50-year sentence for first-degree robbery, second-degree robbery and other charges. Woodard arrived at Anamosa in 2017 for a 25-year sentence for first-degree robbery and burglary. Both now face life in prison if convicted of the murders.

Michael Dutcher


Thomas Woodard



story courtesy of Radio Iowa


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