- Associated Press - Friday, January 22, 2016

CRESTON, Iowa (AP) - A man representing himself in court has pleaded guilty to two counts of first-degree murder in the December killings of two people in southern Iowa.

Union County Attorney Tim Kenyon says 37-year-old Jerry Dillinger represented himself in court Friday and pleaded guilty to two counts of first-degree murder in the killings of Dillinger’s former sister-in-law, Loretta Dillinger, and another person, whom Dillinger identified as Michael Robinson.

Loretta Dillinger’s body was found Dec. 2 in a farm pond near Lorimor.

A second body was found near a house in Thayer. The identity of that body hadn’t been confirmed by DNA testing, but Dillinger said in court it was Robinson, who was in a relationship with a Dillinger family member.

Dillinger asked to be sentenced immediately and received two consecutive life terms.


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