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Marion Hy-Vee killing

Crime scene tape up in front of the Marion Hy-Vee on April 21, 2015. (Jill Kasparie/The Gazette-KCRG-TV9)

CEDAR RAPIDS (AP) — A man who was granted a new trial in the stabbing death of his ex-girlfriend has been sentenced to prison for life.

Nicholas Luerkens was sentenced Tuesday in Linn County District Court. Luerkens was in court May 17 for a hearing on a motion before his second trial but unexpectedly changed his plea to guilty of first-degree murder.

Luerkens admitted stabbing 29-year-old Lynnsey Donald to death on April 21, 2015, in front of Donald's son in a Marion grocery store parking lot. Luerkens then injured himself.

The Iowa Court of Appeals last year ordered a new trial for Luerkens after ruling the trial court erred in denying his request to submit an insanity defense instruction to the jury.

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