This story has been updated – Aug. 2, 2019.
OSKALOOSA — On Friday, July 26, Luke VanHemert was sentenced to no more than 50 years incarceration.
According to court documents, on April 15, 2019, Luke VanHemert was found guilty of murder in the second degree, a Class B felony. VanHemert was accused of stabbing William Penn University student Marquis Todd in 2018.
During judging and sentencing on July 26, Van Hemert was sentenced "to an indeterminate term of incarceration not to exceed 50 years.
According to judging and sentencing document, a mandatory minimum sentence of incarceration is imposed pursuant to Iowa code.
The defendant will be given credit for all time served in connection with this case. The sentence is not suspended.
A restitution in the amount of $150,000 to the victim's estate or heirs at law is ordered, in addition to fine, penalties and surcharges to the Clerk of Court and $1,645.50 in restitution to the State for the victim's autopsy.
VanHemert, according to documents, is not eligible for bond on appeal.
According to the documents the reasons supporting this sentence include those set forth in the record and: The maximum opportunity for the rehabilitation of the defendant, protection of the community from further offenses by the defendant and others, the nature of the offense committed, the contents of the pre-sentence investigation and the use of a weapon or force. Comments from the family of the victim were also taken into consideration.
UPDATE: VanHemert's motion for a new trial were denied and he plans to make an appeal to the Iowa Supreme Court.