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Former Hiawatha man convicted in 2009 murder for hire of ex-wife back in court for alleged threats against another ex-wife

Daniel Dostart will remain in jail pending a hearing next week

Daniel Dostart is led by US Marshals into the temporar y Federal Courthouse on C Ave SW in Cedar Rapids for a hearing on Friday, July 25, 2008. Dostart is back in court for alleged threats against another ex-wife. (Cliff Jette/The Gazette)
Daniel Dostart is led by US Marshals into the temporar y Federal Courthouse on C Ave SW in Cedar Rapids for a hearing on Friday, July 25, 2008. Dostart is back in court for alleged threats against another ex-wife. (Cliff Jette/The Gazette)

A former Hiawatha man, convicted for hiring a hitman to murder his ex-wife in 2009, was back in court Monday over his alleged threatening behavior against a different ex-wife and her parents.

U.S. District Chief Magistrate Jon Scoles ruled Daniel Dostart, 51, who changed his name to Daniel Dresden after he was released from prison in June, will remain in jail pending a hearing next week to determine if his three year term of supervised release will be revoked.

Christopher Pauley, a U.S. probation officer, testified Dostart was released from federal prison after serving seven years on June 10, started his term of supervised release, and then showed up at the workplace of his second ex-wife, saying she owed him money, on June 14.

This ex-wife isn’t Jamie Dostart of Bettendorf, who is his first ex-wife that he hired a hitman to kill in 2008.

Pauley said this second ex-wife called the probation office to report the incident, saying she perceived it as a threat. Pauley told Dostart not to have contact with her again.

On Sept. 30, Dostart then sent a letter to the woman’s parents, which she considered threatening, Pauley said. The woman requested an order for protection and a judge granted it.

The letter was under seal but Assistant U.S. Attorney Lisa Williams in arguing to keep Dostart in custody, said he told the parents in the letter that he has sex tapes of himself with their daughter and he will give those to them if they give him the money their daughter owes him.


Dostart testified during the detention hearing that it wasn’t his intention to threaten them or his ex-wife. He said she owed him money - $2,000 – which is in their divorce decree. He never intended to release the videos to others.

John Hammond, Dostart’s lawyer, argued that Dostart wasn’t prohibited from contacting her parents. The letter didn’t contain a threat, Hammond argued.

“Last time he had an issue with an ex-wife, he tried to have her killed,” Williams said. “Dostart is extremely dangerous and his behavior is escalating.”

Williams was referring to the other violations regarding employment.

Pauley testified that Dostart was fired from two jobs since being released from prison. In one job he was fired because he had a disagreement with a supervisor.

Another employee told the supervisor that Dostart threatened to “beat up” the supervisor, Pauley said.

Dostart testified he told his co-worker that “if a man disrespects a man like that out on the street, he deserves to be beat up.” He said the supervisor yelled at him, so he yelled back. Williams also pointed out how Dostart reacted to Pauley when he lost his first job and Pauley said he had 30 days to find a new job. Dostart just stared at Pauley. Pauley said it was as if Dostart was trying to be “intimidating.”

Williams said this ex-wife felt so threatened that she obtained a no contact order. “But a piece of paper isn’t going to help if he decides to go to her house,” Williams said arguing to keep him in jail.

Scoles said Dostart has a pattern of minimizing his actions and blaming others. He complained about his supervisor and co-workers for not having experience and he attempted to blame someone else in the parents’ letter for his crime of hiring someone to kill Jamie Dostart in 2008.


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Scoles said Dostart in the letter doesn’t say what will happen if they don’t pay him the money but it’s the “tone and tenor” that concerns him.

Dostart will remain in jail pending the revocation hearing next Monday. If his supervised release is revoked, he likely faces more prison time.

Dostart, a former military man, pleaded guilty in 2009 to one count of using interstate commerce facilities in the commission of murder-for-hire. Dostart admitted that he contacted a person in Idaho in July 2008 for help in hiring a hitman to kill his ex-wife, Jamie Dostart, who lived Bettendorf at the time.

Court documents show Dostart, who was living in Hiawatha, asked the man if he could “make her disappear, kill her.” Dostart agreed to pay $5,000 for the murder.

Dostart told the Idaho man he was upset because his ex-wife was getting half of his military retirement and took his kids from him.

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