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UPDATE: Three re-sentenced in 1994 murder

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UPDATE: The three men were re-sentenced today in Marshall County to life in prison with the chance of parole.


A brutal murder more than two decades ago left a young family without a mother.

 Rebecca Hauser was shot, beaten and stabbed to death on a rural road in Marshall County.

 Three teens convicted of the murder back in 1994.

 Monday, the three men are being re-sentenced as part of a 2013 Iowa Supreme Court ruling that applies to all prisoners convicted and sentenced to life without parole before the age of 18.

 They will now have a possibility for parole with the new sentencing for a crime they committed on October 5, 1994.

 On a dark county road in Marshall County, the three teens pretended to be a police officer and pulled Rebecca Hauser over intending to rob her.

 The boys shot, beat, and stabbed Hauser more than 30 times, leaving the young mother for dead.

  Twenty-two years later, Hauser's son Josh has a family of his own.

   Six children that will never meet their Grandma Becky.

    "In this house she is gone, but never forgotten. . . .This loss has moved to the next generation and we are having to deal with it there too," said Josh's wife Beth Hauser.

     Because of an Iowa Supreme Court ruling the three murders, now older than Hauser was when she died, could have an opportunity for parole.

     "My mother doesn't get a second chance at her life and we don't get a second chance with her so for them to have a second chance it is frustrating," said Rebecca Hauser's son Josh Hauser.

     Josh plans to speak at the sentencing on Monday.

     "How difficult it has been without my mother; raising a family without a grandmother," said Josh.

    "The other thing we wanted to hit hard on was cruel and unusual punishment," continued Beth. "When all this came about, it was the Supreme Court saying it was cruel and unusual punishment to give these juveniles life sentences. So that was the other thing we wanted to hit hard on was that maybe it is the family that this is cruel and unusual punishment for, as well as his mother. What she endured was horrific," said Beth.

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