Life sentence for murder of Fairfield woman

Today, May 31, 2019, in Muscatine County District Court, DOUGLAS FOSTER, 36, of Marion, Iowa was sentenced for the murder of Lea Ponce of Fairfield, Iowa.

The Hon. Stuart Werling presided over the sentencing hearing. Calling the evidence produced at trial “overwhelming,” he imposed sentence of life imprisonment without the possibility of parole.

“Justice was done today,” said Muscatine County Attorney Alan R. Ostergren. “Judge Werling was correct when he said that this case was a tragic example of the scourge of narcotics trafficking and abuse in our state. This murder was motivated by the defendant’s desire to get drugs. Because he wanted to get high a young woman tragically lost her life” Ostergren continued.

This case was investigated by the Muscatine County Sheriff’s Office and the Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation.

FOSTER’s mugshot:

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