- Associated Press - Tuesday, March 24, 2015

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (AP) - A man convicted of killing his parents with a machete on the Meskwaki Nation Settlement in central Iowa has been sentenced to consecutive life terms in federal prison.

Twenty-six-year-old Gordon Lasley Jr. was sentenced Tuesday on two counts of second-degree murder. A jury found Lasley guilty in December of killing his parents, Gordon Lasley Sr. and Kim Lasley, with a machete on Feb. 5, 2014 at their home on the settlement near Tama.

The U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of Iowa says Lasley received life imprisonment terms on each count, which are to run consecutively. There is no parole in the federal system.

Defense attorneys argued Lasley was insane at the time of the deaths.

Lasley remains in the U.S. Marshal’s custody awaiting transport to a federal prison.

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