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Jury finds man guilty of first-degree murder in death of Rockwell City police officer

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CLARION, Iowa — A 33-year-old man was convicted Friday of first-degree murder in the death of a Rockwell City police officer last year.

Jurors returned the verdict for Corey Trott, who was ordered held without bond pending sentencing on Sept. 26. He faces life in prison.

The jury reached a consensus after less than two hours of deliberations in the trial, the Des Moines Register reported (http://dmreg.co/1u7gyFE ).

Authorities say Trott shot 37-year-old Jamie Buenting during a standoff at Trott's house in September 2013. Officers were trying to arrest Trott after an alleged assault. Buenting was near a house window when he was shot.

Trott had no visible reaction after the verdict was read. Sighs of relief were heard from Buenting's family and friends.

His wife, Amanda Buenting, rereleased a statement that was published in February, which said in part, "A great life ended too soon, a great example of a hero who pinned on a badge each day to protect and serve the public."

Friday also marked what would have been Buenting's 38th birthday, the newspaper reported.

Trott is the first person to be convicted of first-degree murder in a police officer's death since two suspects were convicted in the 1985 shooting death of a Newton officer, according to the Iowa Department of Public Safety.

Trott did not testify, but jurors heard a taped interview where he expressed no regret in firing the shot that killed a law enforcement officer. He also said he believed police officers were harassing him and his family before the standoff.

His attorney said during closing arguments that Trott never intended for the shot to kill Buenting.

"It was a sudden act that was done to get the police to go away," Charles Kenville said. "He wants them to fear enough to go away, but he doesn't want actual harm to come."

Prosecutors said Trott waited patiently to fire a shot at law enforcement.

"He has anger in him and he's getting ready and making a plan to take it out on Jamie Buenting," assistant Iowa attorney general Scott Brown said.


Information from: The Des Moines Register, http://www.desmoinesregister.com

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