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Dubuque man sentenced 50 years for shooting cop

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A Dubuque man who shot a police officer in 2009 was re-sentenced today to two 25-year sentences, to be served consecutively.

Eddie Chest, 76, was convicted of attempted murder and robbery and given 25-year sentences for both.

Chest originally agreed to a plea deal in 2011 that would've allowed him to serve the sentences concurrently, or back-to-back. But the judge rejected that and sentenced him to serve them consecutively.

Chest appealed and the Iowa Court of Appeals said a new judge must issue a new sentence.

Chest's attorney argued that a 25-year sentence for a 76-year-old man is basically a life sentence anyway. But First District Judge Thomas Bitter said that age should not factor into a sentencing decision. He also said he based his decision on Chest 's criminal history and the violent nature of his crimes.

Lieutenant Scott Baxter, the police officer that Chest shot, appeared in court to give a victim impact statement. He urged the judge to uphold the consecutive sentences, saying he feared for his safety and the safety of the community if Chest were allowed to get back on the streets.

"This is a man who has spent most of his life in prison. Clearly he is not going to be rehabilitated or be a productive member of society," Baxter said.

Chest could be heard telling his attorney at the end of the hearing that he would appeal. Christine Corken, first assistant Dubuque county attorney, said she believes this is a sentence that won't be overturned.

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