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SIOUX CITY, Iowa, Dec 21, 2005 (UPI via COMTEX) -- An Iowa woman who has received a federal death sentence for helping her drug-dealing boyfriend kill five people says her trial was a joke.

Angela Johnson, 41, made the remark based on the fact she didn't pull the trigger in 1993, so she doesn't deserve to die. She also warned federal prosecutors in Sioux City, Iowa, if they execute her, they will "have blood on their hands."

She was sentenced Tuesday by a federal court for her role in the deaths of three adults and two children, the Des Moines Register reported.

The mother of two was given the same death sentence handed last fall to her drug-kingpin boyfriend, Dustin Honken. During his trial, it emerged he shot the five to derail a federal investigation into his multi-state methamphetamine empire.

The victims were buried in shallow graves near Mason City, Iowa, where their bodies were dug up seven years later.

Honken and Johnson will probably each have more than five years of appeals before they are executed, prosecutors said Tuesday.


Copyright 2005 by United Press International

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