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Case No. 19-2087

State of Iowa
Austine Thomas


State of Iowa


Austine Thomas

Attorney for the Appellee

Israel Kodiaga, Assistant Attorney General

Attorney for the Appellant

Stuart Hoover

Court of Appeals

Court of Appeals Opinion

Opinion Number:
Date Published:
Aug 04, 2021

            Appeal from the Iowa District Court for Dubuque County, Robert J. Richter, District Associate Judge.  AFFIRMED.  Considered by Doyle, P.J., and Tabor and Greer, JJ.  Opinion by Greer, J.  (2 pages)

            Austine Thomas appeals from his guilty pleas for offenses that are not “A” felonies.  He claims he received ineffective assistance because counsel allowed him to plead guilty without a factual basis to support his pleas.  OPINION HOLDS: Thomas has not established good cause to challenge his guilty pleas.  And, even if he could establish good cause, we are prohibited from deciding his claim of ineffective assistance on direct appeal.  We affirm.

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