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Case No. 17-1719

Travis Hoppe
v.
State of Iowa

Appellant

Travis Hoppe

Appellee

State of Iowa

Attorney for the Appellant

Anne K. Wilson

Attorney for the Appellee

Martha E. Trout, Assistant Attorney General

Court of Appeals

Court of Appeals Opinion

Opinion Number:
17-1719
Date Published:
Nov 21, 2018
Summary

            Appeal from the Iowa District Court for Linn County, Andrew B. Chappell, Judge.  AFFIRMED.  Considered by Vaitheswaran, P.J., and Doyle and Mullins, JJ.  Opinion by Vaitheswaran, P.J.  (6 pages)

            Travis Hoppe appeals from the district court’s denial of his application for postconviction relief.  He contends (1) plea counsel was ineffective, (2) postconviction counsel was ineffective, and (3) the postconviction court erred by denying his motion for a continuance.  OPINION HOLDS: We conclude (1) plea counsel did not breach an essential duty in failing to challenge the value element of first-degree theft, (2) Hoppe was not prejudiced by postconviction counsel’s failure to obtain a foundation witness for proposed evidence, and (3) the district court’s denial of Hoppe’s continuance motion was not an abuse of discretion.

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