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Case No. 17-1821

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Larry Dean Bell, Sr.
State of Iowa


Larry Dean Bell, Sr.


State of Iowa

Attorney for the Appellant

Stuart G. Hoover

Attorney for the Appellee

Louis S. Sloven, Assistant Attorney General

Court of Appeals

Court of Appeals Opinion

Opinion Number:
Date Published:
Dec 19, 2018

            Appeal from the Iowa District Court for Scott County, Mark J. Smith, Judge.  AFFIRMED.  Considered by Vaitheswaran, P.J., and Doyle and Mullins, JJ.  Opinion by Mullins, J.  (4 pages)

            Larry Bell Sr. appeals the denial of his application for postconviction relief.  He contends his trial counsel was ineffective in allowing him to plead guilty despite the State’s contradiction of the release-recommendation terms of the plea agreement.  OPINION HOLDS:  We approve the district court’s findings and ruling on the breach-of-duty prong of Bell’s claim and affirm the denial of his application on that ground pursuant to Iowa Court Rule 21.26(1)(d).  In the alternative, we find Bell has failed to prove any prejudice as a result of any alleged breach of duty by counsel.

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