Bluffs man denied appeal in his murder conviction


March 15th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

The Omaha-World Herald reports the Iowa Court of Appeals has denied the appeal of a Council Bluffs man convicted of murder. The appeals court ruled there was ample evidence to prove malice on the part of 22-year old Terrance Burnett, who was convicted of 2nd degree murder in connection with the January 2011 death of 23-year-old Dustin Jones, who was stabbed during an early morning party in December, 2009. Burnett had initially been charged with first-degree murder. Felony Second-degree murder carries a mandatory sentence of 50 years in prison. Burnett will have to service at least 35-years in jail before he is eligible for parole.