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WANATEE SENTENCED TO 50 YEARS IN PRISON

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IT’S 50 YEARS IN PRISON FOR A SIOUX CITY MAN CONVICTED OF SECOND DEGREE MURDER IN THE FATAL FEBRUARY, 2016 STABBING OF 50 YEAR OLD VERNON MACE OUTSIDE OF A WEST FIRST STREET HOME.

JUDGE DUANE HOFFMEYER SENTENCED ELIAS WANATEE AT A HEARING IN WOODBURY COUNTY DISTRICT COURT THURSDAY.

MACE’S BROTHER-IN-LAW, NICK SCURRA, GAVE A VICTIM’S IMPACT STATEMENT FOR MACE’S 85 YEAR OLD MOTHER, BETTY TAYLOR:


OC……..THIS SITUATION. ;26

MACE’S DAUGHTER, VERNA HOFFMAN, TESTIFIED THAT HER CHILDREN, INCLUDING A NINE YEAR OLD DAUGHTER, COULD NOT UNDERSTAND WHY THEIR GRANDFATHER WAS TAKEN FROM THEM:


OC…………YOU HAVE NO IDEA. :20

WANATEE DECLINED TO MAKE A STATEMENT AT THE SENTENCING.

HE WAS CONVICTED BY A POTTAWATTAMIE COUNTY JURY IN COUNCIL BLUFFS BACK IN MARCH.

THAT’S AFTER HIS FIRST TRIAL IN WOODBURY COUNTY ENDED IN A MISTRIAL LAST DECEMBER WHEN THE JURY FAILED TO REACH A VERDICT IN THE CASE.

WANATEE MUST SERVE A MANDATORY 35 YEARS IN PRISON AND WILL BE 82 YEARS OLD BEFORE HE WOULD BE BEING CONSIDERED FOR PAROLE.

THE JUDGE DENIED DEFENSE MOTIONS FOR ANOTHER NEW TRIAL AND A DIRECTED VERDICT BEFORE PRONOUNCING SENTENCE.