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Iowa City Man Appeals Life Sentence for Landlord Murder

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) -- An Iowa City man is appealing his life sentence for the role he played in the killing an Iowa City landlord nearly four years ago.

  22-year-old Justin Marshall filed an appeal this week with the Iowa Supreme Court.

   A jury convicted Marshall in February of first-degree aiding and abetting in a murder for the October 2009 shooting death of 64-year-old John Versypt, of Cordova, Ill.

   Police say Versypt was checking on his properties when he was shot in the head during an attempted robbery. Marshall and two other men were arrested.

   At his sentencing last month, Marshall declared in the courtroom that he had been wrongly convicted.

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