Morrissey asks for lighter prison sentence

Morrissey asks for lighter prison sentence

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WATERLOO | The father of one of the slain Evansdale cousins is asking the court for a lighter sentence for drug charges.

Daniel Eugene Morrissey, who is currently serving up to 90 years in prison, said his earlier attorney failed to call a doctor to the stand to explain medical records during a 2013 sentencing hearing.

In a challenge to his sentence, Morrissey said his punishment was extreme, and his circumstances weren’t taken into account.

Morrissey is the father of Lyric Cook-Morrissey, who was 10 when she and her cousin, 8-year-old Elizabeth Collins, disappeared in 2012. Their bodies were later found in a Bremer County wildlife area.

During the disappearance, Morrissey was awaiting the outcome of methamphetamine charges, and in September 2013 he was sentenced to 90 years in prison with a mandatory 30-year minimum before he can be considered for parole.

Prosecutors alleged he continued using drugs and acquiring ingredients for drugs following the disappearance and deaths.

Morrissey said he was on medications and seeing a counselor, and his defense attorney was supposed to call a doctor to testify to his mental status during the sentencing hearing.

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