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Davenport man sentenced to 50 years in prison, without possibility of parole for 35 years, for murder of his mother | Local crime and courts

Davenport man was sentenced to 50 years in prison for second degree murder in connection with the death of his mother.

McKinsley Steven Watson, 38, was originally charged with first degree murder in connection with the death of his mother, Victoria Watson, 59, on May 21, 2020. Watson agreed to a plea deal in October and pleaded guilty to second degree murder.

Under Iowa law, second degree murder is a Class B felony punishable by a mandatory sentence of 50 years in prison, of which 70%, or 35 years, must be served before parole can be released. be granted. McKinsley Watson will also have to pay $ 150,000 in restitution to the victims.

Davenport Police were dispatched to Block 600 of 63rd Street at 4:46 a.m. to investigate a call about an unresponsive woman. Paramedics from the Davenport Fire Department also responded to the scene and declared the woman dead.

According to the affidavit filed by Police Corporal Davenport. Greg Lalla, McKinsley Watson assaulted his mother, Victoria Watson, resulting in her death.