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Nevada man gets life in Idaho killing

Published: Saturday, Dec. 3 2011 10:05 p.m. MST

TWIN FALLS, Idaho — A Nevada man who killed a stranger at a southern Idaho motel early this summer avoided a possible death penalty by agreeing to plead guilty to first-degree murder.

Twin Falls County Prosecutor Grant Loebs says 26-year-old Clark Cleveland, who shot Utah resident Tracy Ivie July 15 at a Twin Falls Hampton Inn, will spend the rest of his life in prison as part of the deal announced Wednesday.

Cleveland also agreed to plead guilty to taking a woman hostage and wounding an Idaho State Police trooper in the leg during the standoff.

Loebs said sentencing is set for Dec. 8 for Cleveland, who is from Spring Creek in northeastern Nevada.

Loebs had sought three extensions from a state court judge as he reviewed whether to seek the death penalty.

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