An inmate involved in the two murders at the Anamosa State Penitentiary earlier this year will spend the rest of his life in prison.
Thomas Woodard Jr. was sentenced Thursday after pleading guilty earlier this month to two counts of first-degree murder, as well as to kidnapping and attempted murder counts.
Prosecutors say Woodard and his co-defendant, Michael Dutcher, carried out the March 23rd hammer attacks on nurse Lorena Schulte and correctional officer Robert McFarland during a failed prison escape.
Woodard confessed in court to using a hammer to kill Schulte and McFarland. He also admitted to bludgeoning an inmate who tried to stop the attack and briefly holding another female employee as a hostage.
Woodard was also ordered to pay $150,000 to each of the estates of Schulte and McFarland.
Meanwhile, Dutcher claims the killings were in self-defense and has pleaded not guilty. He has waived his right to a speedy trial.
story contributions from Associated Press and KCRG