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High Profile Murder Trial's Iowa Connection

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"He's everything," 22-year-old Rebecca Dunn said of her father. "He's my best friend. I can't imagine living life without him."

Rebecca broke down when she heard her father's sentence. Michael Dunn was accused of shooting at a car of kids for playing their music too loudly in 2012 in Florida. One of the kids, 17-year-old Jordan Davis, was killed.

Rebecca now lives and works in Des Moines.

She believes her father fired into the car only because he feared for his own life.

"He would not do that unless he had no other option," she said.

Dunn claimed he saw a gun in the car, however a weapon was never found.

Michael Dunn was convicted on three counts of attempted murder on Saturday. His first degree murder charge was ruled a mistrial.

"They may not give him all 60 years, but I think a judge would be hard–pressed not to look at 40 years as a potential sentence," said Drake Law Professor Robert Rigg. 

Rigg said 47–year–old Dunn will likely spend the rest of his life in prison.

"Nobody wins a situation like this, both families will be devastated," said Rigg.

Rebecca said she's devastated for the family of Jordan Davis. She saw them during her father's trial.

"I can't even look at them because I can't even imagine the pain they feel," Rebecca said.

Sunday would have been Jordan's 19th birthday. Like the Davis family, Rebecca has to feel the pain of losing someone she loves.

"I'm so sorry that everything happened the way it did," she said. "That shouldn't have happened. It should've never happened – the whole thing."

Michael dunn could face a retrial on the first degree murder charge.

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