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Man Sentenced in 1956 for Killing Independence Officer Dies in Prison

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — A man convicted of killing an Independence police officer nearly 65 years ago has died in prison.

Warren John Nutter was the state’s longest serving inmate. He had been serving a life sentence for First Degree Murder crime out of Buchanan County since February 10, 1956.

Iowa prison officials say Nutter died of natural causes Wednesday morning in a hospice room of the Iowa State Penitentiary in Fort Madison, where he had been housed due to chronic illness.

He was 84 years old.

Nutter was 18 when he pled guilty to killing Independence police officer Harold Pearce.

He was sentenced to death by hanging in 1956. In 1957, Gov. Herschel Loveless commuted his death sentence to life in prison.

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