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Case No. 22-0937

State of Iowa
Jake Robert Skahill


State of Iowa


Jake Robert Skahill

Attorney for the Appellee

Sheryl Soich, Assistant Attorney General

Attorney for the Appellant

Ashley Stewart, Assistant Appellate Defender

Court of Appeals

Court of Appeals Opinion

Opinion Number:
Date Published:
Dec 20, 2023

            Appeal from the Iowa District Court for Dubuque County, Monica Zrinyi Ackley, Judge.  CONVICTIONS AFFIRMED; SENTENCE VACATED AND REMANDED WITH INSTRUCTIONS.  Considered by Ahlers, P.J., Chicchelly, J., and Gamble, S.J.  Opinion by Gamble, S.J.  (12 pages)

            Jake Skahill appeals his convictions for second-degree sexual abuse, in violation of Iowa Code section 709.3(1)(b) (2018); lascivious acts with a child, in violation of section 709.8(1)(a); and enticing a minor, in violation of section 710.10(1).  Skahill asserts the court erred in denying his motion to disqualify the presiding judge and in imposing consecutive sentences without adequate reasons.  OPINION HOLDS: Skahill has not shown that the district court abused its discretion by denying his recusal motion.  However, we cannot say Skahill’s successful appeal played no part in the court’s imposition of a harsher sentence.  We confirm the convictions, vacate the sentence, and remand for resentencing before a different judge. 

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