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Iowa murder suspect fantasized about rape, records show

By RYAN J. FOLEY Published: January 9, 2013

A complaint charging Levin with first-degree murder says he admitted “that he choked his mother and that he had to have killed her.”

During the 2009 car theft hearing, Stephan said Levin was also interested in using pills and herbs to put women to sleep and was seeking information about making a soundproof room “in order to facilitate a rape against somebody else.”

“He is somebody who is a danger to the public,” He said. “He admits to drugging a girl with Benadryl for the first time and then trying to drug her with alcohol a second time. And when asked, `What would you do if she drank it and it worked,” meaning it put her to sleep, `Would you have gone through with raping her,' his answer was yes.”

In the 2009 case, prosecutors said Levin and two others fled from an Eau Claire, Wis., group home where they were living, stole a car and went on for joy ride past Madison. Police say they led officers on a high-speed chase during which the car drove over spike strips and was eventually engulfed in flames.

Even though Levin was a passenger, prosecutors pushed for a prison sentence because they called him a danger to the public. Judge Daniel Moeser sentenced Levin to 15 months in prison and 24 months supervision, telling Levin “you clearly, clearly need mental health help.”

“I think what the public needs more than anything is to have you on a period of supervision for quite awhile, as long as we can do it, so that someone is watching you, monitoring you and making sure you get the treatment you need, the evaluations you need and take the medicine you need,” Moeser said.

The judge said the sentence would give Levin a chance for treatment “before you do something really serious where you'd be locked up the rest of your life.”

Levin served his Wisconsin prison term and returned to live with his mother in Iowa in 2010. Within months, records show he was arrested for burglary after breaking into a man's home in Early through a bedroom window. He also broke into a tractor trailer on the property and stole a credit card and other items that were inside.

Judge Gary McMinimee sentenced Levin to 5 years in prison and allowed him to be transported to Wisconsin to return to prison for violating his parole there. McMinimee ruled that his Iowa term could start running when he was incarcerated in Wisconsin, where he served until November 2011 before being returned to Iowa.

He served 14 more months before his sentence ended. Iowa law shaves prison sentences by an extra 1.2 days for every day that many inmates serve, which means a typical 5-year term lasts 2 years and 99 days, Scaletta said. Inmates earn the time off regardless of their circumstances — unless an administrative law judge specifically adds time back in a formal disciplinary process.

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