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Case No. 18-1782

State of Iowa
Ricky Lee Mahnesmith


State of Iowa


Ricky Lee Mahnesmith

Attorney for the Appellee

Thomas J. Ogden, Assistant Attorney General

Attorney for the Appellant

Travis M. Armbrust

Court of Appeals

Court of Appeals Opinion

Opinion Number:
Date Published:
Mar 18, 2020

            Appeal from the Iowa District Court for Cerro Gordo County, Adam D. Sauer, District Associate Judge.  AFFIRMED.  Considered by Vaitheswaran, P.J., and Doyle and May, JJ.  Opinion by Vaitheswaran, P.J.  (6 pages)

            Ricky Mahnesmith appeals following his guilty pleas to possession of methamphetamine (third offense) and forgery.  Mahnesmith argues (1) the pleas were not voluntary; (2) the district court abused its discretion in “not following the [sentencing] recommendation of the parties” and in failing to “make it clear why the sentences would run consecutively with the sentences in the probation revocation matters”; and (3) defense counsel was ineffective in several respects.  OPINION HOLDS: We affirm Mahnesmith’s judgment and sentence for possession of methamphetamine (third offense) and forgery.   

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