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Case No. 21-1362

State of Iowa
Juan Jose Contreras-Mendoza


State of Iowa


Juan Jose Contreras-Mendoza

Attorney for the Appellee

Richard J. Bennett, Assistant Attorney General

Attorney for the Appellant

Alan R. Ostergren

Court of Appeals

Court of Appeals Opinion

Opinion Number:
Date Published:
Aug 31, 2022

            Appeal from the Iowa District Court for Woodbury County, Patrick H. Tott, Judge.  AFFIRMED.  Considered by Vaitheswaran, P.J., and Tabor and Badding, JJ.  Opinion by Vaitheswaran, P.J.  (5 pages)

            Juan Jose Contreras Mendoza appeals his convictions for two counts of second-degree sexual abuse, contending (I) the district court abused its discretion in denying his motion to sever the charges for separate trials; (II) the court of appeals should address his attorney’s failure to request a particular jury instruction under a plain-error standard; and (III) the district court abused its discretion in imposing consecutive sentences.  OPINION HOLDS: Upon our review, we affirm.

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