Iowa man accused of killing bar patron pleads guilty

Benton Wingrove, 28, pleaded guilty to voluntary manslaughter, intimidation with a dangerous weapon and reckless use of a firearm. Each of the felony charges carries a penalty of up to 10 years.


A man accused of killing a fellow bar patron in Dow City, Iowa, pleaded guilty Friday in a plea deal with prosecutors.

Benton Wingrove, 28, pleaded guilty to voluntary manslaughter, intimidation with a dangerous weapon and reckless use of a firearm.

Each of the felony charges carries a penalty of up to 10 years. The intimidation charge carries a mandatory five-year minimum.

Under the agreement, Wingrove will serve the sentences one after the other, said Roger Sailer, Crawford County attorney.

Wingrove was initially charged with first-degree murder in the death of Adam Lary, 29, in the early morning hours of March 16. Both men were Dow City residents.

“This was a very carefully considered plea agreement,” Sailer said. “These are not light sentences.”

Lary was already at Cheers II in Dow City when Wingrove arrived about 1 a.m. The two men argued. Larry left, and Wingrove followed.

Outside, Wingrove fired on the Ford Taurus that Lary was driving, hitting Lary in his chest. The car, pocked with bullet holes, crashed into a garage.

Wingrove called 911, saying he had shot at “a car that swerved,” according to court documents. Responding deputies found him standing nearby with a pistol at his feet.

Lary was taken to a hospital and pronounced dead at 2:20 a.m. Wingrove was arrested.

Dow City is about 60 miles northeast of Omaha.

Wingrove will also be required to compensate Lary’s family for a funeral and other expenses. Additionally, he will have to pay $150,000 in restitution to Lary’s heirs. Lary had a young son.

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