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Decorah Man to Serve Up to Half-Century in Prison for Killing Father

A northeast Iowa man could serve up to a half-century in prison for killing his father.

In early March, 44-year-old Aaron Whittle of Decorah was convicted of second-degree murder in the death of 74-year-old Lawrence Whittle, almost a year earlier.

Lawrence Whittle was reported missing on March 19, 2022, and his body was recovered shortly after his car was found at Moe Park, about 10 miles east of Decorah.  The Winneshiek County Sheriff’s Office arrested Aaron Whittle after he was accused of shooting his father in Aaron Whittle’s home two days prior to Lawrence Whittle being reported as missing.

Whittle was initially charged with first-degree murder, a Class A felony, but a jury found him guilty of second-degree murder, which comes with a 20 years-to-life sentence.

Wednesday, Winneshiek County District Court Judge Laura Parrish sentenced Aaron Whittle to up to 50 years behind bars, with a minimum of 35 years served in prison.  He is also ordered to pay $150,000 in victim’s restitution to his father’s estate.


Mark Pitz

News Director/Weekdays 10am to 2pm on 95.9 KCHA
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