Skip to main content
Iowa Judicial Branch
Main Content

Case No. 18-1988

State of Iowa
Dijonis Burkett Brown


State of Iowa


Dijonis Burkett Brown

Attorneys for Appellee

Genevieve Reinkoester, Assistant Attorney General

Attorneys for Appellant

Bradley M. Bender, Assistant Appellate Defender

Court of Appeals

Court of Appeals Opinion

Opinion Number:
Date Published:
Apr 15, 2020

            Appeal from the Iowa District Court for Black Hawk County, Kellyann M. Lekar, Judge.  CONVICTION AFFIRMED; SENTENCE VACATED IN PART AND REMANDED.  Considered by Tabor, P.J., Schumacher, J., and Blane, S.J.  Opinion by Blane, S.J. (17 pages)


            Dijonis Brown appeals his conviction following jury trial of first-degree robbery, a class “B” felony, in violation of Iowa Code sections 711.1 and .2 (2017).  He raises several ineffective-assistance-of-counsel claims and challenges an evidentiary ruling.  Brown also asks the court to remand his case to the district court so he may claim the benefit of a newly-enacted ameliorative sentencing statute applicable to mandatory minimums of first-degree robbery convictions.  OPINION HOLDS: We find Brown’s trial counsel was not ineffective and the district court did not abuse its discretion in its evidentiary ruling.  But, we find Brown is entitled to application of the ameliorative statute, so we vacate that portion of the sentencing order and remand for resentencing regarding the mandatory minimum. 

© 2022 Iowa Judicial Branch. All Rights Reserved.