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Case No. 19-1309

State of Iowa
Nickolas Pettinger


State of Iowa


Nickolas Pettinger

Attorney for the Appellee

Zachary Miller, Assistant Attorney General

Attorney for the Appellant

Robert P. Ranschau, Assistant Appellate Defender

Court of Appeals

Court of Appeals Opinion

Opinion Number:
Date Published:
Jan 21, 2021

            Appeal from the Iowa District Court for Polk County, Jeffrey Farrell, Judge.  AFFIRMED.  Considered by Bower, C.J., and Vaitheswaran and Greer, JJ.  Opinion by Bower, C.J. (12 pages)

            Nickolas Pettinger appeals his conviction and sentence for murder in the first degree.  OPINION HOLDS: The trial court did not abuse its discretion in allowing a witness to testify about two instances of Pettinger’s assaultive behavior against the decedent.  The district court did not abuse its discretion in concluding there was overwhelming evidence of the defendant’s guilt, and thus the verdict was not against the weight of the evidence.  The claim his sentence of life without parole is unconstitutional was not properly preserved for review.  Finding no abuse of discretion or error of law, we affirm.

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