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Case No. 19-0442

State of Iowa
Daniel Anthony Harden


State of Iowa


Daniel Anthony Harden

Attorney for the Appellee

Genevieve Reinkoester, Assistant Attorney General

Attorney for the Appellant

Rees Conrad Douglas

Court of Appeals

Court of Appeals Opinion

Opinion Number:
Date Published:
Aug 19, 2020

            Appeal from the Iowa District Court for Woodbury County, Todd A. Hensley, District Associate Judge.  CONVICTIONS AFFIRMED, SENTENCES VACATED AND REMANDED FOR RESENTENCING.  Considered by Vaitheswaran, P.J., and Mullins and Ahlers, JJ.  Opinion by Vaitheswaran, P.J.  (4 pages)

            Daniel Harden appeals following his guilty pleas to aggravated assault and possession of a controlled substance (marijuana) second offense.  Harden argues “the sentencing order followed a template, a boilerplate form,” which “tells us nothing about how the district court arrived at a particular sentence in a particular case.”  OPINION HOLDS: We conclude the district court’s statement of reasons for the sentences imposed reflects an abuse of discretion.  We affirm Harden’s convictions but vacate his sentences and remand for resentencing.

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