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Woman faces first degree murder charges for trucker’s rest stop killing


A woman is facing first degree murder charges in connection with the shooting death of a truck driver at a rest stop off of I-80 in Iowa.

Trucker Found Shot To Death At Iowa Rest Stop

The shooting took place early this morning at a rest stop off of I-80 at mile marker 205 in Iowa County near Victor. The Iowa County Sheriff’s Office received a report of the shooting around 2:37 a.m.

When officers arrived on the scene, they found a semi parked at the rest stop. The driver inside was dead as a result of gunshot wounds.

Woman Faces First Degree Homicide Charges

Police arrested 43 year old Mariana T. Lesnic. She faces first degree homicide charges and is being held on a $1 million cash only bond. She is in custody at the Iowa County jail.

In Iowa, a first degree homicide conviction carries with it an automatic sentence of life in prison without the chance of parole.

The identity of the truck driver has not yet been released pending the notification of family members.

The motive for the homicide is still unclear. The incident remains under investigation.

The rest stop was shut down for several hours for the investigation. It has now reopened.

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