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Case No. 20-1053

State of Iowa
Jon Michael Carpenter


State of Iowa


Jon Michael Carpenter

Attorneys for Appellee

Israel Kodiaga, Assistant Attorney General

Attorneys for Appellant

Nan Jennisch. Assistant Appellate Defender

Court of Appeals

Court of Appeals Opinion

Opinion Number:
Date Published:
Jun 30, 2021

            Appeal from the Iowa District Court for Des Moines County, John M. Wright, Judge.  AFFIRMED.  Considered by Vaitheswaran, P.J. and Greer and Schumacher, JJ.  Opinion by Greer, J. (5 pages)

      Jon Carpenter appeals his sentences following his guilty pleas to possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver (methamphetamine) and failure to affix a tax stamp.  Carpenter claims that despite declining to speak when the court initially gave him the opportunity, he was denied the right to “meaningful allocution” before his sentence was pronounced because he was denied the opportunity to explain the information in his presentence investigation report later on in the proceeding.  OPINION HOLDS: Because Carpenter was not denied his right to meaningful allocution at sentencing, we find the district court did not abuse its discretion and affirm.

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