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Peter Veal gets two life sentences plus 25 years

MASON CITY – Peter Veal has been sentenced to two consecutive life sentences plus an additional quarter century for the murders of two Mason City residents last year.

Peter Veal murdered Caleb Christensen and Melinda Kavars on November 17, 2016 at a Mason City house, 1620 North Hampshire. He was charged with two counts of first-degree murder and one count of attempted murder. Judge Rustin Davenport ruled Veal competent to stand trial on May 23 after Veal was mentally evaluated.  His trial was held this summer in Fort Dodge. A jury returned a guilty verdict and awaited sentencing.

Days after the killings, the Iowa State Medical Examiner’s Office conducted autopsies and determined that 54-year-old Melinda Kavars died of a single gunshot wound to the neck and chest. Also, 37-year-old Caleb Christensen was found to have died of multiple sharp force injuries.

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