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Case No. 19-0409

State of Iowa
Demetrias Martin


State of Iowa


Demetrias Martin

Attorney for the Appellee

Martha E. Trout, Assistant Attorney General

Attorney for the Appellant

Martha J. Lucey, State Appellate Defender

Court of Appeals

Court of Appeals Opinion

Opinion Number:
Date Published:
Aug 05, 2020

            Appeal from the Iowa District Court for Scott County, Mary E. Howes, Judge.  CONVICTION AFFIRMED; SENTENCE VACATED IN PART AND REMANDED.  Considered by Bower, C.J., Ahlers, J., and Gamble, S.J.  Opinion by Gamble, S.J.  (20 pages)

            Demetrias Martin appeals from his conviction for first-degree robbery.  He claims his trial counsel was ineffective, the district court applied the wrong standard when considering his motion for new trial, and he is entitled to resentencing in accordance with Iowa Code section 902.12(2A) (2019).  OPINION HOLDS: Martin is not entitled to relief on any of his ineffective-assistance-of-counsel claims.  The district court applied the correct standard when evaluating Martin’s motion for new trial.  And because the plain language of section 902.12(2A) provides that it applies retroactively to the time of Martin’s sentencing, he is entitled to resentencing to determine the length of the mandatory minimum imposed.

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