On Wednesday (March 28), Daniel Alexander Threadgill, 24, was sentenced to an exceptional sentence of 40 years in prison for the brutal stabbing and beating death of Jennifer Walstrand in Des Moines in August 2010 (read our coverage of that crime here).
A jury convicted Threadgill on a charge of Murder First Degree in February.
Walstrand was stabbed at least 63 times and her head was severely stomped on. Prosecutors said Threadgill did that because she was still breathing, inflicting additional brutal injuries.
Because of the defendant’s deliberate cruelty, prosecutors requested the 40-year exceptional sentence.
The standard sentence range was 22 to 28-1/2 years.
Sentencing was before Judge Cheryl Carey.