Judge gives trucker two life sentences for double murder

By Greg Grisolano, Land Line staff writer | 12/5/2013

An Iowa truck driver will spend the rest of his life in prison after a judge gave him two life sentences for his role in a 2012 double murder.

Ronald Hawkinson, 40, was found guilty on two counts of first-degree murder in the shooting deaths of a trucking company owner and a dispatcher who worked there. The guilty verdict was issued Oct. 15 by Polk County Judge Arthur Gamble following a bench trial. Hawkinson had previously waived his right to a trial by jury.

Hawkinson had previously worked as a truck driver for LCS Logistics, headquartered in Des Moines. Around 5 p.m. on May 17, 2012, officers with the Des Moines Police Department responded to a 911 call about shots being fired at LCS, which was subleasing space from Seibert Trucking. Sherif “Sam” Hidic, 30, owner of LCS Logistics, and Robert Smoot, 49, a dispatcher at LCS, were found dead. Both had been shot multiple times.

According to court documents, Hawkinson and Hidic had previously been involved in a legal battle over a $13,000 business loan to purchase a tractor. In his suit, Hidic alleged that Hawkinson had defaulted on a loan and had left the company and gone to work for another trucking company shortly after being hired on at LCS.

Land Line staff writer Clarissa Hawes contributed to this report.

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