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IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) -- One month after he stunned police by confessing to the brutal 1981 killing of an elderly couple in Iowa, a repentant Jack Pursel has pleaded guilty to two counts of first-degree murder and has been sentenced to life in prison.
Pursel told the court in Waterloo, Iowa, that he's a born-again Christian seeking forgiveness and mercy by taking responsibility for the couple's torture and execution-style shooting deaths.
Two of the victims' grandchildren who addressed the court declined to offer forgiveness. One of them said she wished Iowa had the death penalty while the other said Pursel will end up "in the fire pits of hell."
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