Accused Iowa cop killer pleads guilty, sentenced to life in prison
DES MOINES, Iowa (CBS2/FOX28) —
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.