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Case No. 19-0780

State of Iowa
Tara Lane


State of Iowa


Tara Lane

Attorneys for Appellee

Israel Kodiaga, Assistant Attorney General

Attorneys for Appellant

Grishma Arumugam

Court of Appeals

Court of Appeals Opinion

Opinion Number:
Date Published:
May 13, 2020

            Appeal from the Iowa District Court for Scott County, Mary E. Howes and Stuart P. Werling, Judges.  AFFIRMED.  Considered by Mullins, P.J., Ahlers, J., and Scott, S.J.  Opinion by Mullins, P.J.  (5 pages)

            Tara Lane appeals her conviction, following a guilty plea, of assault with intent to commit sexual abuse not resulting in injury and the sentence imposed.  She argues (1) her counsel was ineffective in allowing her to plead guilty and waive her opportunity to file a motion in arrest of judgment absent a factual basis and (2) the court improperly failed to state its reasons for imposing a prison sentence as opposed to a suspended sentence and probation or a deferred judgment.  OPINION HOLDS: We conclude (1) Lane’s plea was supported by a factual basis and counsel was therefore not ineffective and (2) the court’s terse and succinct statement regarding its sentencing decision was sufficient to show its reasons for its discretionary decision are viable.  We affirm Lane’s conviction and the sentence imposed.

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