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Confessed Cop Shooter to get New Sentence
DUBUQUE, IA (CBS 2/FOX 28) - The man who shot a Dubuque Police Officer in 2009 will get a new sentencing. 76-year-old Eddie Chest and his son, 51-year-old Eddie Adams, robbed Knickers Saloon on December 9th, 2009.
As they fled the scene, investigators say Chest fired at Lieutenant Scott Baxter as he responded to the scene. Chest's shot reportedly ricocheted, hitting the officer. Baxter later recovered from his injuries and returned to duty.
In 2011, Chest pleaded guilty to attempted murder and first degree robbery. In his appeal, Chest argued that as part of the plea agreement he would serve concurrent 25 year sentences. But, when sentenced, Chest was given two consecutive 25-year sentences, adding up to a 50-year sentenced.
In today's ruling, the Iowa Court of Appeals determined the State breached the original plea agreement and that Chest's counsel did not raise an objection as it should have.
As a result, the court vacated his sentence and ordered a new hearing. Following the decision, Lt. Baxter, who is also the department's Public Information Officer, responded to media requests saying he has nothing to say publicly about today's decision.