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Case No. 19-0900

State of Iowa
Laquandra Monic Anderson


State of Iowa


Laquandra Monic Anderson

Attorney for the Appellee

Sharon K. Hall, Assistant Attorney General

Attorney for the Appellant

Amanda Demichelis

Court of Appeals

Court of Appeals Opinion

Opinion Number:
Date Published:
Jul 01, 2020

            Appeal from the Iowa District Court for Black Hawk County, Brook Jacobsen, District Associate Judge.  AFFIRMED.  Considered by Tabor, P.J., and May and Greer, JJ.  Opinion by Tabor, P.J.  (7 pages)

            Laquandra Anderson entered written guilty pleas to five counts of third-degree theft.  She took items from Walmart stores in Waterloo and Cedar Falls.  The court ordered her to serve a prison term not to exceed two years running the five sentences concurrently.  She now appeals those convictions, alleging her attorney was ineffective in allowing her to enter the guilty pleas.  OPINION HOLDS: The information provided in Anderson’s written plea forms substantially complied with Iowa Rule of Criminal Procedure 2.8(2)(b).  Also, we find counsel had no duty to insist on a Harrington-like colloquy for these aggravated-misdemeanor guilty pleas.  Last, we find no prejudice resulting from counsel’s performance in representing Anderson on these aggravated misdemeanor guilty pleas.

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