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Iowan pleads guilty in murder-for-hire

CLEAR LAKE, Iowa (AP) - A 30-year-old northern Iowa man has pleaded guilty to soliciting the murder of a teenage girl who'd accused him of sexual assault.

The Mason City Globe Gazette says Alan Cannon made his plea at a hearing on Monday in Cerro Gordo County District Court. Prosecutors dropped a second count of solicitation, one count of murder conspiracy and one of attempted murder in exchange for Cannon's plea.

His sentencing is scheduled for March 11.

Authorities say Cannon tried to hire someone to kill the teenager. In June a jury convicted Cannon of a misdemeanor assault charge and of supplying alcohol in that case. He was sentenced to 30 days in jail and fined $500.

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