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Murder victim's family asking voters not to re-elect Iowa Supreme Court Justices

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Family are upset by the re-sentencing of three men who brutally killed their loved one decades ago.

Rebecca Hauser was shot, beaten and stabbed to death more than 30 times on a rural road in Marshall County back in 1994.

The three men, teens at the time, were convicted of the murder in 1996, sentenced to life without parole.

Due to a 2013 Iowa Supreme Court ruling, the three men were re-sentenced Monday to life with the possibility of parole.

Now, old family photos are the only thing Rebecca's son Josh and his family have left of his mother.

"While the courts have the ability to take away these individuals' life sentences, I will forever have mine," said Josh Hauser.

 Just one excerpt of the impact statement Josh read in court on Monday. The process bring back painful emotion not only for Josh and his three siblings, but for the next generation as well.

    "Addie ran in and said, 'Oh what mom? Is Grandma Becky coming back? Does she get to come back today? Are we ever going to get to see her?' Your heart goes into your stomach and you think no, she can't. That doesn't happen," said Josh's wife Beth and mother to his six children.

 The life sentence without parole deemed cruel and unusual punishment by the U.S. Supreme Court, but Iowa's Supreme Court took it a step further and said even if the crime was extremely vicious, judges must give juveniles the possibility of parole.

  "Not only was she beaten, not only was she shot, she was stabbed 33 times from the chest up and left to bleed to death . . . It is the viciousness of the crime that makes it that much harder to know that the only option out there was life with out parole," said Beth Hauser.

   Josh and his wife now among other families in similar situations asking voters not to re-elect the three Iowa Supreme Court Justices whose terms are up this year. 

   That includes Chief Justice Mark Cady, Justice Daryl Hecht, and Justice Brent Appel. 

   The family hold the Justices accountable for their continued pain and suffering.

   "For anyone to think these three guys who have First Degree Murder convictions would be a benefit to our society is mind blowing. I don't know where they come across thinking that they would benefit society what-so-ever, so giving them even the chance off parole is ludicrous. It is not right," said Josh Hauser.

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