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Case No. 17-1140

Matthew Alan Leonard
State of Iowa


Matthew Alan Leonard


State of Iowa

Attorney for the Appellant

Mathew D. Zinkula

Attorney for the Appellee

Kevin Cmelik, Israel Kodiaga, and Kelli A. Huser (until withdrawal), Assistant Attorneys General

Court of Appeals

Court of Appeals Opinion

Opinion Number:
Date Published:
Feb 20, 2019

            Appeal from the Iowa District Court for Polk County, Mary Pat Gunderson, Judge.  AFFIRMED.  Considered by Vaitheswaran, P.J., Mullins, J., and Carr, S.J.  Opinion by Carr, S.J.  (5 pages)

            Matthew Leonard appeals the denial of his application for postconviction relief.  He asserts he did not understand the consequences of his guilty plea.  OPINION HOLDS: We give weight to the postconviction court’s finding that Leonard lacked credibility, and his recorded colloquies with the district court prior to entering his plea show the court informed him of—and he acknowledged understanding—the consequences of pleading guilty.  Therefore, he has not shown ineffective assistance of counsel.

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