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Case No. 18-0274

State of Iowa
Rebecca Jones


State of Iowa


Rebecca Jones

Attorney for the Appellee

Darrel Mullins, Assistant Attorney General

Attorney for the Appellant

Maria Ruhtenberg, Assistant Appellate Defender

Court of Appeals

Court of Appeals Opinion

Opinion Number:
Date Published:
Jan 23, 2019

            Appeal from the Iowa District Court for Harrison County, Mark J. Eveloff, Judge.  AFFIRMED.  Considered by Doyle, P.J., and Mullins and McDonald, JJ.  Opinion by Mullins, J. (5 pages)

            Rebecca Jones appeals her conviction, following an Alford plea, of first-degree arson.  She argues her counsel rendered ineffective assistance in allowing her to plead guilty absent a sufficient factual basis to support the charge and failing to file a motion in arrest of judgment to challenge the plea.  OPINION HOLDS: Jones’s plea to arson in the first degree enjoys a factual basis.  Consequently, we conclude counsel did not render ineffective assistance in allowing her to plead guilty or in failing to challenge the plea by way of a motion in arrest of judgment.  We affirm Jones’s conviction.

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