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Case No. 17-1952

Rondell Mandray Cropp
v.
State of Iowa

Appellant

Rondell Mandray Cropp

Appellee

State of Iowa

Attorneys for Appellant

C. Aron Vaughn

Attorneys for Appellee

Sharon K. Hall, Assistant Attorney General

Court of Appeals

Court of Appeals Opinion

Opinion Number:
17-1952
Date Published:
Aug 21, 2019
Summary

            Appeal from the Iowa District Court for Black Hawk County, Bradley J. Harris and Andrea J. Dryer, Judges.  AFFIRMED.  Considered by Potterfield, P.J., and Doyle and May, JJ.  Opinion by Potterfield, P.J.  (11 pages)

            Rondell Cropp appeals the dismissal of his application for postconviction relief (PCR) following his 2007 convictions for robbery in the first degree and willful injury causing serious injury.  He maintains the PCR court improperly dismissed his application without giving him notice of its intention to do so or allowing him an opportunity to respond.  OPINION HOLDS: Because Cropp could not meet his burden of establishing his PCR claims survive the statute of limitations based on the new-ground-of-fact exception and because his illegal-sentence claims did not merit an evidentiary hearing, the PCR court did not err in dismissing Cropp’s claims without an evidentiary hearing.  We affirm the dismissal of Cropp’s PCR application.

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