Davenport man gets 10 years in murder-for-hire case

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DAVENPORT, Iowa (AP/KWQC) - UPDATE 9/20: (AP) A Davenport man has been imprisoned for trying to hire someone to kill his ex-wife's boyfriend.

Police say 43-year-old John Cooper, of Davenport, was booked Wednesday afternoon shortly after 6:30 p.m.

Scott County District Court records say 43-year-old John Cooper was sentenced Thursday to 10 years. He'd changed his plea to guilty to solicitation to commit murder.

Authorities say Cooper had violated terms of a drug crime probation and been ordered in September last year to complete probation programming at the Residential Correctional Facility in Davenport. The court records say a cellphone confiscated from him there in November contained a message asking a former resident at the facility to kill another former resident who was in a relationship with Cooper's ex-wife.

ORIGINAL: (KWQC) A Davenport man is in custody after being arrested on a murder-for-hire charge.

Police say 43-year-old John Cooper, of Davenport, was booked Wednesday afternoon shortly after 6:30 p.m.

On January 14, 2019, police were notified from a probation officer that a residential correction facility client was attempting to have someone killed. Court documents state that Cooper used his phone to solicit the murder of a man who is dating Cooper's ex-wife.

He is being charged with Solicitation to Commit Murder, a felony.