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Case No. 19-0696

State of Iowa
v.
Joseph John Edwards

Appellee

State of Iowa

Appellant

Joseph John Edwards

Attorneys for Appellee

Linda J. Hines, Assistant Attorney General

Attorneys for Appellant

Michael J. Jacobsma

Court of Appeals

Court of Appeals Opinion

Opinion Number:
19-0696
Date Published:
Jul 22, 2020
Summary

            Appeal from the Iowa District Court for Woodbury County, Jeffrey L. Poulson, Judge.  AFFIRMED.  Considered by Tabor, P.J., and May and Greer, JJ.  Opinion by Tabor, P.J.  (12 pages)

            Joseph Edwards plead guilty to theft in the second degree and burglary in the second degree, both enhanced because he was a habitual offender.  In return, the State dismissed the other eleven counts and imposed concurrent sentences not to exceed fifteen years.  Edwards now contends his attorney failed to ensure the plea-taking court explained the nature of the habitual-offender enhancement.  Edwards also alleges his counsel allowed him to plead guilty when the record did not reveal a factual basis for his prior convictions.  OPINION HOLDS: After examining what is required of the district court in the prior-conviction colloquy, we find the court substantially complied in this case.  Thus, counsel did not breach an essential duty.  Also, because we find Edwards cannot show he was denied effective assistance of counsel, we affirm his convictions.

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