Waterloo man sentenced in 2018 beating death of maintenance man

Martavis Tayshon Wise, 30, of Waterloo.
Martavis Tayshon Wise, 30, of Waterloo.(Courtesy: Black Hawk County Jail)
Published: Sep. 25, 2021 at 10:36 AM CDT
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WATERLOO, Iowa (AP) — A judge sentenced a Waterloo man to up to 60 years in prison for the beating death of a 72-year-old maintenance man.

The Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier reports the judge sentenced 30-year-old Martavis Tayshon Wise, who had pleaded guilty to a reduced charge of voluntary manslaughter with a dangerous weapon and other charges in the 2018 death of Johannes Rodenburgh, of Waterloo. Wise must serve at least 14 years in prison before he is eligible for parole.

Rodenburgh worked as a maintenance man at a Waterloo apartment complex. Prosecutors say Wise attacked Rodenburgh, beating and kicking him before slamming a child’s bike down on top of him.

Rodenburgh was severely injured and died nearly a week later at a hospital.

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