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Case No. 18-1179

State of Iowa
Eric John Hellman


State of Iowa


Eric John Hellman

Attorney for the Appellee

Timothy M. Hau, Assistant Attorney General

Attorney for the Appellant

Vidhya K. Reddy, Assistant Appellate Defender

Court of Appeals

Court of Appeals Opinion

Opinion Number:
Date Published:
Jan 09, 2020

            Appeal from the Iowa District Court for Guthrie County, Terry Rickers, Judge.  CONDITIONALLY AFFIRMED AND REMANDED WITH INSTRUCTIONS.  Considered by Bower, C.J., and May and Greer, JJ.  Opinion by May, J. (9 pages)

            Eric Hellman appeals his conviction and sentence for assault causing bodily injury.  He makes the following arguments on appeal: (1) his counsel was ineffective for multiple reasons, (2) the district court applied the wrong standard when deciding his motion for new trial, (3) the district court illegally imposed court costs without making a finding of reasonable ability to pay, and (4) his no-contact order was an illegal sentence.  OPINION HOLDS: We preserve all but one of Hellman’s ineffective-assistance claims.  We vacate the district court’s denial of the motion for new trial.  As for the sentencing issues, we vacate the imposition of costs, the finding of an intimate partner relationship, and the firearm prohibition.  We remand with directions.

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