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Dan Morrissey appeal of 90-year sentence denied

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Elizabeth Collins and Lyric Cook-Morrissey Elizabeth Collins and Lyric Cook-Morrissey
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The Iowa Court of Appeals has denied Daniel Morrissey's appeal of his 90-year prison sentence on drug-related charges.

Morrissey was sentenced to 90 years in prison during a combined sentencing hearing on September 13, 2013.

In the four separate cases, Morrissey pleaded guilty to the following:

- possession of methamphetamine as a third offender,
- possession of marijuana as a third offender,
- possession of methamphetamine with intent to deliver as a second and habitual offender,
- possession of marijuana with intent to deliver as a second and habitual offender,
- manufacturing or conspiring to manufacture methamphetamine as a second and habitual offender,
- two counts of possession of pseudoephedrine or ephedrine with intent to manufacture as a second and habitual offender,
- possession of lithium with intent to manufacture as a second and habitual offender,
- conspiracy to manufacture methamphetamine as a second and habitual offender,
- ongoing criminal conduct,
- possession of a simulated controlled substance with intent to deliver as an habitual offender,
- possession of methamphetamine as a third offense, and
- habitual offender and possession of marijuana as a third offense and habitual offender.

The state requested Morrissey get a total of 135 years in prison, but ultimately received the 90-year sentence. Some of the sentences were ordered to run concurrently with each others, while others were ordered to be served consecutively.

Morrissey argued that the district court did not give adequate reasons for the sentencing decisions. He also argued he should only serve 45 years in prison.

The Iowa Court of Appeals ruled that the district court gave a lengthy statement concerning the sentencing plan at the sentencing hearing, noting Morrissey's history of substance abuse and lengthy criminal record. The court also says that Morrissey was a drug dealer, not just a user, and that his child was in the home when he was engaged in drug-related activities.

Morrissey is the father of Lyric Cook-Morrissey, the girl who was abducted from Meyer's Lake in Evansdale along with her cousin Elizabeth Collins on July 13, 2012. Their bodies were found at Seven Bridges Park in Bremer County in December 2012. No arrests have been made in that case.

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