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Stanley Donahue is Found Guilty of All Charges, Including Attempted Murder of Peace Officer

Stanley Donahue listened to the testimony of Linn County Deputy William Halverson during his trial on Monday. He was ruled guilty of all charges on Tuesday morning and faced up to 112 years of prison.
Stanley Donahue listened to the testimony of Linn County Deputy William Halverson during his trial on Monday. He was ruled guilty of all charges on Tuesday morning and faced up to 112 years of prison. (Photo: The Gazette)

Chicago man Stanley Donahue, 38, was charged with two counts of first-degree robbery, willful injury, false imprisonment, attempt to elude, trafficking stolen weapons, disarming a peace officer, attempted murder, and being a felon in possession of a firearm.

According to KCRG, Donahue robbed a Casey’s General Store in Coggon, Iowa, on June 20, 2021. He confined the store’s two employees in a cooler. He shot the responding Linn County Deputy William Halverson seven times before fleeing the area with his minivan.

Fox News reports Donahue was arrested after an overnight 14-hour manhunt, involving drones and police dogs. The manhunt ended when a television news crew saw him walking along Highway 13 near Coggon.

Donahue’s trial started last week and is expected to last all week. His defense attorney tried to convince the jury that the witnesses had misidentified Donahue.

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Linn County Deputy William Halverson appeared in court to testify against Stanley Donahue. Deputy Halverson was shot seven times and severely injured during the 2021 robbery at Casey's General Store.

Linn County Deputy William Halverson appeared in court to testify against Stanley Donahue. Deputy Halverson was shot seven times and severely injured during the 2021 robbery at Casey’s General Store. (Photo: The Gazette)

Linn County Attorney Nick Maybanks argued that witnesses, including Deputy William Halverson and two Casey’s employees, have correctly identified Donahue as the shooter. Investigators also found evidence in Donahue’s van, including Halverson’s gun and stolen items from the store, when he tried to flee. According to The Gazette, the stolen items include $239 cash, 89 packs of cigarettes, gift cards, numerous car charges, and employees’ personal belongings.

The jury ruled on Tuesday that Donahue is guilty of all ten charges. He faces a maximum of 112 years of prison with a mandatory 65 years to serve before being eligible for parole.

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