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Live updates: Sentencing for Nicholas Luerkens

Nicholas Luerkens is led from the court room after his change of venue hearing before Sixth Judicial District Judge Mitchell Turner in Linn County District Court at the Linn County Courthouse in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, on Tuesday, Sept. 26, 2017. Luerkens, who will be retried in the 2015 fatal stabbing of his former girlfriend, was granted a change of venue. The Iowa Court of Appeals in May overturned his first-degree murder conviction. (Jim Slosiarek/The Gazette)
Nicholas Luerkens is led from the court room after his change of venue hearing before Sixth Judicial District Judge Mitchell Turner in Linn County District Court at the Linn County Courthouse in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, on Tuesday, Sept. 26, 2017. Luerkens, who will be retried in the 2015 fatal stabbing of his former girlfriend, was granted a change of venue. The Iowa Court of Appeals in May overturned his first-degree murder conviction. (Jim Slosiarek/The Gazette)

The sentencing for Nicholas Luerkens is happening now, after Luerkens pleaded guilty to first-degree murder in May.

Luerkens stabbed his former girlfriend, Lynnsey Donald, 32 times in front of her 7-year-old son in a Hy-Vee parking lot in 2015.

Testimony also showed Luerkens stalked Donald for months before the attack.

Follow along below for live updates from today’s proceedings.

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