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Case No. 17-1969

Ronald Lee Valla
State of Iowa


Ronald Lee Valla


State of Iowa

Attorney for the Appellant

Marti Nerenstone

Attorney for the Appellee

Kyle P. Hanson, Assistant Attorney General

Court of Appeals

Court of Appeals Opinion

Opinion Number:
Date Published:
Feb 06, 2019

            Appeal from the Iowa District Court for Pottawattamie County, Jeffrey L. Larson, Judge.  AFFIRMED.  Considered by Vaitheswaran, P.J., and Doyle and Mullins, JJ.  Opinion by Mullins, J.  (6 pages)

            Ronald Valla appeals the denial of his application for postconvicton relief (PCR).  He argues his PCR counsel rendered ineffective assistance to the level of structural error in prosecuting his claim that his plea counsel rendered ineffective assistance in allowing him to plead guilty while suffering from a mental impairment.  OPINION HOLDS: we find no reasonable probability that, but for PCR counsel’s alleged errors, the result of the PCR proceedings would have been different.  We affirm the denial of Valla’s PCR application.

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