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Trio sentenced in the murder of Benjamin Benda

September 14, 2012
By John Speer - Editor , Toledo Chronicle, Tama News-Herald

Three Marshalltown men received prison sentences on Monday stemming from the murder of Ben Benda, a well-known Tama-Toledo area resident who was living in Marshalltown at the time of his death on Feb. 7.

Steven Harvey Etzen II, 28, was sentenced to up to 50 years in prison on a charge of 2nd degree murder. He pled guilty on June 29 according to online court records. News reports following the Feb. 6 crime identified Etzen as the person who shot Benda in the head at an apartment above the Center Street Station bar in downtown Marshalltown.

Shawn Maxwell Doehler, 23, received a 25-year sentence for 1st degree robbery and a five-year sentence for going armed with intent.

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Steven Etzen II

Thomas John Vaughn, 28, was sentenced to 10 years in prison on a charge of conspiracy to commit a forcible felony.

Originally each man had been charged with 1st degree murder, 1st degree robbery and 1st degree burglary in the case. Marshalltown Police said at the time the men had gone to the apartment to retrieve a leather coat.

Benda, 39, had operated Benny's Taxi Service in Tama-Toledo and had previously been a waiter at the Meskwaki Bingo Casino Jackpot Buffet.

Among survivors are three elementary school-age children.

Etzen and Doehler were directed to pay $150,000 restitution to the children.

 
 

 

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