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Governor denies Tomlinson murder sentence commutation

April 4, 2014
By John Speer - Editor ( , Toledo Chronicle, Tama News-Herald

Gov. Terry Branstad has denied the application for commutation of sentence for David "D.J." Tomlinson, 40, formerly of Tama. Tomlinson is currently serving a life sentence plus 55 years for first-degree murder, second-degree murder (85%), and for fleeing state to avoid prosecution.

Tomlinson was found guilty by a Tama County jury in October, 1999, for the shotgun slayings of his sister, Angie Miell, 26, and father, David Tomlinson Sr., 52, at the father's Tama residence. Their deaths occurred on May 22, 1998.

On Sept. 30, 2013, D.J. Tomlinson filed a petition in Tama County District court in Toledo contending his trial attorney argued an insanity defense and states "insanity is the same as a guilty plea." He claims the action violated his rights to be considered innocent.

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David “D.J.” Tomlinson during 1999 trial.
Chronicle file photo

Tomlinson is serving the sentences at the Clarinda Correctional facility according to court records.

The Governor's ruling was issued on Thursday, March 27.



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