Man, 20, Sentenced to Life in Prison for Brutal Murder of Neighbor, 97

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DES MOINES, Iowa — A Des Moines man was sentenced Monday to life behind bars.

Ngor Makuey, 20, is an Ethiopian refugee who’s been living in northeast Des Moines. He was convicted of killing his 97-year-old neighbor Rupert Anderson.

Makuey broke into the Anderson home on East 46th Street in July 2014 and attacked Rupert with a grilling spatula, killing him. and his wife Harriet. Rupert was killed in the attack and his wife, 95-year-old Harriet was seriously injured. She later died in March of 2015.

Rupert’s wife, 95-year-old Harriet Anderson, was seriously injured. She survived the attack but later died in March 2015.

Makuey tried using an insanity defense, but the judge didn’t agree and found him guilty. He was sentenced Monday and receive the mandatory term of life in prison.


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