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Case No. 17-1696

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State of Iowa
Brian McConnelee


State of Iowa


Brian McConnelee

Attorney for the Appellee

Kyle P. Hanson, Assistant Attorney General

Attorney for the Appellant

John J. Bishop

Court of Appeals

Court of Appeals Opinion

Opinion Number:
Date Published:
Oct 10, 2018

            Appeal from the Iowa District Court for Buchanan County, Kellyann M. Lekar And David P. Odekirk, Judges.  SENTENCES VACATED AND REMANDED FOR RESENTENCING.  Considered by Potterfield, P.J., and Bower and McDonald, JJ.  Opinion by Bower, J.  (9 pages)

            Brian McConnelee appeals his consecutive sentences for convictions of eight counts in three cases, claiming his counsel provided ineffective assistance by failing to object to the prosecutor’s alleged breach of the parties’ plea agreement.  OPINION HOLDS: Defense counsel failed to perform an essential duty by failing to timely object to the prosecutor’s breach of the plea agreement.  We presume McConnelee was prejudiced by defense counsel’s failure. 

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