A Waukon man, convicted of killing his step-father, has been sentenced to 50 years in prison.


32 year old John Michael Quanrude received the sentence Monday (Oct. 1st), in Allamakee County District Court in Waukon.

Quanrude was convicted last month, of second degree murder, for the shotgun slaying of 60 year old Dean Russell, also of Waukon. The incident happened April 16th, in the residence the two men had been sharing.

Quanrude told authorities that he acquired the shotgun from a relative, claiming that someone had threatened the two men.

According to Waukon police, Quanrude called 911 to report the shooting, calling it accidental. After he was taken in for questioning, he tried to walk away from the arresting officers.

Of the 50 year sentence, Quanrude will be required to serve at least 35 years in prison, before he can be up for parole. As part of the sentence, he also had to pay $150,000 to the victim's estate, and about $12,000 to the Iowa Crime Victim Compensation Fund.