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Man convicted of murder in killing of Iowa state trooper

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Posted at 3:01 PM, May 16, 2022
and last updated 2022-05-16 16:01:53-04

WEBSTER CITY, Iowa (AP) — A jury has convicted a man of first-degree murder in the fatal shooting of an Iowa State Patrol trooper last year.

The jury on Monday also convicted 42-year-old Michael Lang of attempted murder and assaulting a police officer for his actions on April 9, 2021, that killed patrol Sgt. Jim Smith. He faces a mandatory sentence of life in prison without the possibility of parole.

Smith was shot as he led a tactical team into Lang's home to arrest him following Lang's assault of another officer during a traffic stop that day. Smith was a 27-year patrol veteran.

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