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The Latest: Man admits to killing Des Moines-area officers

DES MOINES, Iowa – The Latest on Iowa man pleads not guilty in the officers’ deaths (all times are local):

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Prosecutors say a man who pleaded guilty to the murder of two police officers in Iowa just hates law enforcement.

Polk County Attorney John Sarcone said during a hearing Friday that Scott Michael Greene pulled off a “to do” list in his prison that amounted to a hit list. The list contained the names of the three policemen, as well as the names of the two officers killed, with check marks by their names.

Greene pleaded guilty Friday morning to the shooting death of Urbandale officer Justin Martin, and Des Moines, Sgt. Anthony Beminio. He was immediately sentenced to life sentences for two counts of first-degree murder.

Sarcone says evidence shows Greene bought a bottle of whisky in a supermarket before he took a loaded assault rifle and shot the first officer he encountered on a street in the early Nov. 2, 2016. The officers were killed as they sat in their patrol cars, approximately 2 km from each other.

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An Iowa man has changed his plea and admitted to the killing of two Des Moines-area police officers last fall.

Scott Michael Greene withdrew his not guilty plea at a Friday morning hearing, and pleaded guilty to the shooting death of Urbandale officer Justin Martin, and Des Moines, Sgt. Anthony Beminio. He was immediately sentenced to life sentences for two counts of first-degree murder.

The 46-year-old Greene admitted he shot the two men in the early morning hours of Nov. 2, 2016.

The officers were killed as they sat in their patrol cars, approximately 2 km from each other. The police arrested Greene later in the day.

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