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Case No. 17-1034

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State of Iowa
Elijah Javon Wilson


State of Iowa


Elijah Javon Wilson

Attorney for the Appellee

Linda J. Hines, Assistant Attorney General

Attorney for the Appellant

John L. Dirks

Court of Appeals

Court of Appeals Opinion

Opinion Number:
Date Published:
Aug 01, 2018

            Appeal from the Iowa District Court for Black Hawk County, David P. Odekirk, Judge.  AFFIRMED.  Considered by Vogel, P.J., and Doyle and Bower, JJ.  Opinion by Bower, J.  (6 pages)

            Elijah Wilson appeals his conviction for first-degree robbery, in violation of Iowa Code section 711.2 (2016).  OPINION HOLDS:  Wilson claims the district court abused its discretion by sentencing him to prison instead of placing him on probation.  Wilson also claims he received ineffective assistance because defense counsel permitted him to plead guilty, thereby waiving his claim the matter should be transferred to juvenile court.  We affirm the district court, but determine Wilson’s claim of ineffective assistance should be preserved for possible postconviction proceedings.

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