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Convicted cop shooter Eddie Chest to get new sentencing hearing

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DUBUQUE (KWWL) - An Illinois man convicted of shooting a Dubuque police lieutenant in 2009 will get a new sentencing hearing, according to the Iowa Court of Appeals.

Eddie Chest, 76, and his son, Eddie Adams, 51, were accused of going into Knickers Saloon on December 9, 2009 during the lunch hour wearing ski masks and possessing sawed-off shotguns.

Court records show the pair pointed the guns at customers and ordered an employee to give them money from the register and the safe.

While running from the scene, Chest allegedly fired his gun at Dubuque Police Lt. Scott Baxter, who was responding. The Iowa Court of Appeals says the shot ricocheted off the sidewalk, hitting Baxter in the abdomen, wrist, thigh and arm.

Chest pleaded guilty in 2011 to attempted murder and first-degree armed robbery for his role in the incident. Both charges carried 25-year sentences.

The state agreed to ask for concurrent sentences instead of consecutive sentences in exchange for the plea. Chest was ultimately sentenced to two 25-year sentences to be served consecutively.

Chest argued in his appeal that the prosecutors breached the plea agreement, his counsel was ineffective for not objecting to the state's breach of the plea agreement and for not withdrawing the guilty pleas, and finally that the state failed to comply with sentencing requirements.

The Iowa Court of Appeals found that prosecutors did breach the plea agreement and his counsel was ineffective for not objecting to the breach and for not withdrawing the guilty pleas. They did find that sentencing requirements were met.

In conclusion, the Iowa Court of Appeals has vacated Chest's sentence and has ordered a new hearing with a new judge and ordered that the state comply with the plea agreement it negotiated.

Baxter sent the following statement Wednesday morning to area news organizations:

"For those seeking a comment from me regarding Eddie Chest's 50 year sentence being overturned by the Iowa Court of Appeals, I don't have anything to say that would be appropriate or professional to put in print or on TV news," Baxter wrote.
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