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Arsonist admits lying in murder case

WATERLOO (AP) -- A convicted arsonist who now faces drug conspiracy charges has pleaded guilty to lying during a murder trial.

Isaac Peter Jackson of Waterloo pleaded guilty Thursday in Black Hawk County District Court to perjury for testimony given during the murder trial of Martaves Keys.

Keys was on trial for the 2007 murder of Ronald Scullark and Anissa Schroeder. He fled to Jackson's home after the shooting. Although he allegedly talked to police detectives who were investigating the slaying, Jackson answered "he didn't remember" when questioned during Keys' trial.

During Wednesday's hearing, Jackson admitted to Judge Margaret Lingreen he knowingly gave false testimony.

Under an arrangement with prosecutors, the five-year sentence for perjury will be served concurrently with his 25-year stint for first-degree arson. Jackson was convicted of throwing flaming beer bottles at a home in January 2008.

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