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Kassel Gets Life Without Parole For Murdering Mother

Primghar, Iowa — A Rock Rapids man will spend the rest of his life behind bars after pleading guilty to murdering his mother.

Forty-two-year-old Nathaniel Kassel was charged with murder in the 1st degree in the death of his mother, Jody Duskin. Kassel had earlier pleaded not guilty and was set to go on trial October 17th. Instead, he changed his plea and was sentenced to life in prison without parole on Monday.

Jody Duskin was found dead in her home in Sheldon in March. Court documents state that Kassel corresponded with family members saying he was planning to kill Duskin. Kassel was taken into custody in South Dakota the day after Duskin’s body was found.

Kassel had also originally been charged with operating a vehicle without the owner’s consent and possession or control of a firearm as a felon. Those charges were dismissed.

Court documents indicate Kassel waived the right to a delay before sentencing, the right to file a Motion in Arrest of Judgment, and any other claim to a defect in his plea and requested immediate sentencing.

The court says Kassel was advised of the right to appeal to the Iowa Supreme Court within 30 days. Court documents indicate the Sheriff of O’Brien County or his designee is authorized to transport Kassel to the Iowa Medical and Classification Center at Oakdale to serve his sentence.