Cold Case Update: Man Pleads Guilty to Voluntary Manslaughter in 2016 Killing of Donald Preston of Fort Dodge

A man arrested and charged in the 2016 murder of Donald Preston of Fort Dodge has pleaded guilty to a charge of voluntary manslaughter.

Christopher Johnson appeared in Webster County District Court on Friday where he admitted to shooting and killing Donald Preston in December of 2016. 

Preston’s body was found the day after Christmas that year in a field near Moorland. 

His brother Pat Preston spoke to Alpha Media News about the 6 year old case at the time prior to Johnson’s arrest and how seeing his brother’s case grow cold was agonizing, “It never gets old to you. You relive it everyday,” Pat Preston said.

Johnson was arrested and charged on February 2, 2023.

His sentencing date is set for March 22nd.

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