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Accused Iowa cop killer pleads guilty, sentenced to life in prison

FILE - In this Nov. 4, 2016, file photo, Scott Michael Greene, accused of murdering two police officers, is brought in for his initial court appearance at the Polk County Jail in Des Moines, Iowa. Greene has been charged in the ambush-style attacks of Des Moines Sgt. Anthony Beminio and Urbandale officer Justin Martin. (Bryon Houlgrave/The Des Moines Register via AP, File) /The Des Moines Register via AP )

A man accused of killing two Des Moines area police officers in ambush-style killings is now pleading guilty.

Scott Michael Greene changed his plea from not guilty to guilty in a status conference on Friday. He originally entered a not guilty plea in December. His trial was originally scheduled to start in Dubuque County in September.

Greene pleaded guilty to two charges of first degree murder for the shooting deaths of Des Moines police Sgt. Anthony Beminio and Urbandale Officer Justin Martin. A judge then quickly sentenced Greene serve two life terms in prison without the possibility of parole after Greene requested a sentencing.

The shootings took place minutes apart in the early morning of November 2 as both officers were shot in their squad cars. Greene turned himself in hours after the shootings.



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