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Case No. 18-0265

State of Iowa
Robert Anthony Cooper


State of Iowa


Robert Anthony Cooper

Attorney for the Appellee

Kyle P. Hanson, Assistant Attorney General

Attorney for the Appellant

Jessica Maffitt

Court of Appeals

Court of Appeals Opinion

Opinion Number:
Date Published:
Sep 26, 2018

            Appeal from the Iowa District Court for Polk County, Odell G. McGhee II, District Associate Judge.  AFfirmed.  Considered by Danilson, C.J., and Vogel and Tabor, JJ.  Opinion by Vogel, J.  (7 pages)

            Cooper appeals his conviction and sentence after he entered into an Alford plea for fourth-degree theft.  First, Cooper claims that he received ineffective assistance of counsel because his counsel allowed him to enter into the Alford plea even though there was no factual basis for the plea.  Second, Cooper argues that the district court erred by accepting the plea due to the lack of factual basis.  OPINION HOLDS: There was factual basis to support the entering and acceptance of an Alford plea for fourth-degree theft, thus we affirm.

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