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Webster sentenced to 30 years

By Diane Vance | Jul 11, 2013

FAIRFIELD — Tyler Webster, 33, of Fairfield, found guilty April 16 of second-degree murder by a jury trial, received Iowa’s mandatory sentence of 50 years in state prison Tuesday for the shooting death of Buddy Frisbie on Aug. 25, 2012.
The Honorable Myron Gookin, who presided over the four-day trial and Tuesday’s sentencing, read part of Iowa’s law to the court.
“Second-degree murder is a Class B felony [with a 25-year imprisonment sentence] but Iowa law has enhanced murder to be a mandatory 50 years in prison,” said Gookin. “Second-degree murder is a forcible felony which means any sentence or judgment cannot be deferred. It is a heinous crime with a mandatory minimum requirement of 70 percent of time served, or 35 years, before being eligible for parole.”
Webster would be 68 years old in 2048 before becoming eligible for parole at 70 percent of the sentence.
Webster also was sentenced to pay $150,000 in restitution to Frisbie’s estate; pecuniary charges of $7,860 to repay funds expended by the criminal victims compensation; and pay all prosecution costs.
Gookin asked court-appointed defense attorney Michael Adams to provide a statement of his expenses. Adams, from Des Moines, said his expenses totaled $15,000.
“I’m asking the court not to impose my fees, as I believe Webster has no means to pay it,” said Adams. “He’s going to prison for 50 years.”
Gookin agreed.
The judge also informed Webster of his right to appeal the judgment to Iowa Supreme Court within 30 days and his right to apply for counsel with the appeal.
“Failure to serve a notification to appeal within 30 days is a voluntary waiving of an appeal,” said Gookin.
Webster, who has been in the Jefferson County Jail since Aug. 25, will be transported by the sheriff’s department to Iowa Medical and Classification Center in Oakdale for examinations and reception into the state correctional system.
“I selected the sentence because the law requires it and the nature of the offense and use of a weapon and based on optimum rehabilitation and for the good of the community,” said Gookin. “I perceive a lack of remorse today.”
Prior to the judge’s pronouncement of sentence, Gookin asked the state’s prosecution attorneys if anyone wanted to give victim impact statements.
Since the trial in April, a pre-sentencing investigation was conducted which the judge and attorneys for the defense and prosecution reviewed. Statements from family members were included in the review, Gookin said.

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