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Case No. 18-0838

State of Iowa
Ricky Andre Carter


State of Iowa


Ricky Andre Carter

Attorney for the Appellee

Linda J. Hines, Assistant Attorney General

Attorney for the Appellant

Sharon D. Hallstoos

Court of Appeals

Court of Appeals Opinion

Opinion Number:
Date Published:
Jan 23, 2019

            Appeal from the Iowa District Court for Dubuque County, Michael J. Shubatt (plea) and Monica Zrinyi Wittig (sentencing), Judges.  AFFIRMED.  Considered by Tabor, P.J., and Mullins and Bower, JJ.  Opinion by Mullins, J.  (7 pages)

            Ricky Carter appeals his convictions, following guilty pleas, of a number of controlled-substance violations and the sentences imposed.  He claims his counsel rendered ineffective assistance in relation to his guilty pleas and the court imposed an illegal sentence.  OPINION HOLDS: We find the record inadequate to consider Carter’s ineffective assistance claim on direct appeal.  We reject Carter’s claim that the court imposed an illegal sentence.  We therefore affirm Carter’s conviction and sentence but preserve his claim of ineffective assistance of counsel for possible postconviction-relief proceedings. 

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