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Case No. 19-0802

Lucas D. Lankford
State of Iowa


Lucas D. Lankford


State of Iowa

Attorney for the Appellant

Jessica M. Donels

Attorney for the Appellee

Louis S. Sloven, Assistant Attorney General

Court of Appeals

Court of Appeals Opinion

Opinion Number:
Date Published:
Oct 21, 2020

            Appeal from the Iowa District Court for Webster County, James M. Drew, Judge.  AFFIRMED.  Considered by Doyle, P.J., and Mullins and Greer, JJ.  Opinion by Doyle, P.J.  (9 pages)

            In this postconviction-relief (PCR) appeal, Lucas Lankford contends his guilty plea was not knowingly and voluntarily given because of plea counsel’s ineffective assistance.  He also contends his plea counsel was ineffective in other ways.  And he contends his PCR counsel was ineffective.  OPINION HOLDS: We find no merit to Lankford’s arguments that his guilty plea was not knowing and voluntary.  His other contentions concerning plea counsel were not raised before or decided by the PCR court and are therefore not preserved for our review.  Because the record is inadequate to allow us to decide whether PCR counsel breached a duty and whether prejudice resulted, we cannot resolve this new claim on appeal.  We affirm the PCR court’s order denying Lankford relief.

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