Iowa police ambush suspect gets 2 life sentences after guilty plea
Des Moines police Sgt. Anthony Beminio, left, and Urbandale, Iowa, police Officer Justin Martin were killed Nov. 2, 2016. On Friday, May 19, 2017, Scott Michael Greene, the man accused of killing them, was sentenced to two consecutive life sentences after pleading guilty.
Scott Michael Greene, seen here in his first court appearance Nov. 4, 2016, pleaded guilty Friday, May 19, 2016, to two first-degree murder charges in the shooting deaths of two Des Moines-area police officers. Greene received two consecutive life sentences for the Nov. 2, 2016, shootings.
When asked whether his medication was interfering with his ability to make decisions, he answered, "No, I'm fully aware" of what's happening.
Polk County Attorney John Sarcone said during the hearing that both Martin and Beminio "cared about the communities they served."
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"These two men laid down their lives for their communities and we have to recognize that," Sarcone said.
In asking for two consecutive life sentences, Sarcone said Martin and Beminio "suffered multiple, multiple injuries."
District Court Judge Karen Romano told Greene "there's no way for any of us to understand why this happened," but your actions devastated the Urbandale and Des Moines communities.
"You created the worst nightmare" for any family with a law enforcement officer, she said. Romano also ordered Greene to pay a total $300,000 in restitution for both officers' deaths.
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A statement from Beminio's wife and family, read by a Polk County crisis worker, said since the ambush "there have been millions of tears and I'm certain there will be millions more. ... He was a dad any child would want."
"The children are old enough to understand their dad's life was stolen from him simply because of the uniform he wore," the family said.
"Although our family feels broken, we know the actions by this individual will not define us," the family said. "As a family, we will pick up the shattered pieces and continue to push forward as we know this is what Tony would want. Memories of his extraordinary life will lift us and carry us, and will inspire us in the time to come."
Beminio, who began his career in law enforcement in 2001 in Indianola, was an 11-year veteran of the Des Moines police department. He was a detective and school resource officer and in 2015 was promoted to sergeant.
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"If God can handcraft a perfect police officer, inside and out, it would look just like Tony," Chief Dana Wingert said at his funeral last year.
Martin attended Simpson College in Indianola and graduated in 2015 with a degree in criminal justice. He was looking for jobs in the Des Moines area and thought he might have to move home when he received a call from the Urbandale Police Department, his father said shortly after his death.
"He was the one, if somebody at school was saying something, he would stop them," Randy Martin said. "That’s who he was. He was a big enough kid and nice enough that they listened to him."
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