Man gets life in Iowa prison for fatally shooting man on bicycle in Burlington last summer


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BURLINGTON, Iowa — A 39-year-old man has been sentenced to life in prison for fatally shooting a Burlington bicyclist last summer.

The Hawk Eye reports ( ) that Joshua Royer, of Burlington, was given the mandatory sentence earlier this week. Last month a Des Moines County jury convicted Royer of first-degree murder for killing 50-year-old Eddie Martin. Royer also was ordered to pay Martin's family $150,000 in restitution and the Iowa victim's compensation fund nearly $35,000.

Prosecutors say Martin was shot as he sat on his bike at a Burlington street corner around 3 p.m. on Aug. 6. Royer, who owned the car that witnesses say the shot came from, did not testify during his trial.

Information from: The Hawk Eye,

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