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Case No. 18-1459

State of Iowa
Ronald Wayne Downs II


State of Iowa


Ronald Wayne Downs II

Attorney for the Appellee

Genevieve Reinkoester, Assistant Attorney General

Attorney for the Appellant

Thomas M. McIntee

Court of Appeals

Court of Appeals Opinion

Opinion Number:
Date Published:
Mar 18, 2020

            Appeal from the Iowa District Court for Scott County, Cheryl E. Traum, District Associate Judge.  AFFIRMED.  Considered by Doyle, P.J., and Tabor and Schumacher, JJ.  Opinion by Tabor, J.  (6 pages)

            Ronald Downs seeks to vacate his conviction for being voluntarily absent from custody in violation of Iowa Code section 719.4(3) (2018).  Downs pleaded guilty and waived reporting of the combined plea and sentencing hearing.  On appeal, Downs alleges trial counsel was ineffective because he did not inform him of a possible twenty-five percent collection fee on delinquent court debt, did not provide adequate information on the statutory surcharges, misadvised him of the penal consequences of his plea, and did not adequately investigate the State’s evidence.  OPINION HOLDS: On the first and second claims, we find the record adequate to reject Downs’s claims of ineffective assistance.  Because the record requires more development to resolve Downs’s third and fourth claims, we preserve them for a possible postconviction-relief action. 

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