CLINTON —A Clinton man has been sentenced to two life prison sentences in connection with the 2017 slayings of Steven Cox and Kevin Lambert.
Steve Armsted, 49, appeared Friday in Clinton County District Court for sentencing for two counts of first-degree murder. District Court Judge John Telleen ordered Armsted be committed to the custody of the Department of Corrections for the rest of Armsted’s life on both counts. The sentences were ordered to be served consecutively.
Armsted also was ordered to pay $150,000 to the heirs of Kevin Lambert and $150,000 to the heirs of Steve Cox.
Clinton County Attorney Mike Wolf said the sentences were imposed without the possibility of parole on each count.
“Clinton County is blessed to have a dedicated team of professionals who tirelessly and unselfishly worked together to solve and bring this case to conviction,” Wolf said. “Those include the Clinton Police Department Investigations Department, the Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation, the Iowa Crime Lab, the Iowa State Medical Examiner’s Office and the Iowa Attorney General’s Office.”
Several of the victims’ family members addressed the court at the sentencing hearing.
Armsted in September was convicted in the March 2017 slayings of Cox and Lambert at their residence. The verdict was announced after a week-long trial.
The case dates to March 6, 2017, when a friend of Lambert’s stopped by to check on him at 114 N. Fifth St., where Lambert and Cox lived. Lambert had not been answering the friend’s calls during the day, so the friend entered the house through an unlocked back door and found Lambert sitting in a chair unresponsive, court records state.
The friend immediately called 911, and once emergency personnel arrived, Lambert and Cox, whose body also was found in the house, were confirmed to be deceased.
It was discovered during the investigation that Lambert, 57, and Cox, 60, had stab wounds. From that point, a lengthy investigation involving surveillance video, eyewitness accounts and phone records began.
Armsted was charged with the deaths in September 2018.