Charles City, Iowa – On Thursday afternoon, jurors convicted Patrick William Kirwan, Des Moines, of second-degree murder in the death of Mark Hruska, who was found dead in the doorway of his on on March 1, 2015. Prosecutors argued at the trial that Kirwan shot the 35-year old because he believed Hruska and his girlfriend were having an affair.
Defense lawyers said the shooting was triggered by Kirwan’s battle with mental illness and post-traumatic stress disorder that was developed over the 15 months he served in the U.S. Army in Iraq.
Prosescutors urged jurors to find Kirwan not guilty be reason of insanity, a verdict that would have put him in psychiatric care instead of prison.
Kirwan will be sentenced at a hearing on June 3rd. He will face a maximum prison sentence of 50 years, and must serve 35 years before being eligible for parole.
Mark Hruska was the son of Mike Hruska and Sharon Hruska, both of Charles City.