Mason City man appeals murder sentence

MASON CITY — A Mason City man sentenced last week to 50 years in prison for murder has filed an appeal.

61-year-old Larry Whaley was found guilty of second-degree murder back in December in the December 2016 death of 19-year-old Samantha Teeter.

Prosecutors said Whaley shot Teeter in the head through his apartment door in southeastern Mason City. Whaley claimed he fired into the door because he believed two people he knew were breaking into his apartment, with Teeter not being one of those two people and her death being an accident.

Whaley was sentenced last week by District Judge Christopher Foy to the maximum 50 years on the Class B forcible felony charge.

Online court records show that his lawyer last week after sentencing filed an appeal to the Iowa Supreme Court.

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