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Case No. 18-0587

State of Iowa
Michael Francis Watson


State of Iowa


Michael Francis Watson

Attorney for the Appellee

Bridget A. Chambers, Assistant Attorney General

Attorney for the Appellant

C. Aron Vaughn

Court of Appeals

Court of Appeals Opinion

Opinion Number:
Date Published:
May 15, 2019

            Appeal from the Iowa District Court for Tama County, Lars G. Anderson, Judge.  AFFIRMED.  Considered by Vogel, C.J., Vaitheswaran, J., and Blane, S.J.  Opinion by Blane, S.J.  (4 pages)

            Michael Francis Watson appeals from his conviction for possession of a controlled substance, to wit: methamphetamine.  He argues trial counsel was ineffective in allowing him to plead guilty without a factual basis that he knowingly possessed methamphetamine because there were no lab reports in the record and the minutes of evidence did not identify the “criminalist” who would have provided relevant testimony.  OPINION HOLDS: We take the minutes of evidence as facts in determining whether a factual basis exists for a plea.  Because we find the record discloses ample evidence to satisfy this element of the offense, trial counsel was not ineffective, and we affirm.  

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