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Dan Morrissey pleads guilty to drug charges

Dan Morrissey in court Friday afternoon. Dan Morrissey in court Friday afternoon.

The father of a murdered Evansdale girl pleaded guilty Friday afternoon to multiple drug charges dating back to 2011.

Dan Morrissey's trial on the charges was to begin in Davenport later this year after a change of venue request was granted.  But on Friday, Morrissey pleaded guilty to seven separate counts.

He could face up to 235 years behind bars, but the judge ordered sentencing at a later date.

County prosecutor Brad Walz said he could not comment on the guilty pleas.

"I don't know what's going through a defendant's head. I can't tell you whether I was surprised or not," he said.

Defense attorney Kevin Schoeberl would not comment after Morrissey pleaded guilty. Schoeberl said he was not surprised with his client's guilty pleas, but would not elaborate because of the pending sentencing date.

Morrissey was arrested again on February 11 of this year after multiple parole violations, including a series of failed drug tests for meth and marijuana.

Morrissey entered the spotlight after his daughter, Lyric Cook, and her cousin, Elizabeth Collins, disappeared on July 13, 2012 from Meyers Lake in Evansdale.  Their bodies were discovered in Seven Bridges Park in Bremer County on December 5, 2012.  No one has been charged with the disappearance or murder of the girls.

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