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Buchanan County Man Convicted of Killing Infant Son Dies in Prison

Prison officials say a Buchanan County man convicted of stabbing his 3-week-old son to death in nearly 40 years ago has died in prison.

The Iowa Department of Corrections says in a news release that 68-year-old Michael Cecil Craney, of Jesup, died Wednesday at the Anamosa State Penitentiary.

Craney was convicted and sentenced in late 1982 of first-degree murder in the death of his son, Matthew. Police say on May 5, 1982, Craney threw the infant to the floor and attacked the baby with a kitchen knife as the child’s mother tried to save her son.

Craney’s attorney argued at trial that his client was insane at the time of the killing.


story courtesy of Associated Press

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