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Case No. 18-0051

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State of Iowa
Jose Avalos Covarrubias


State of Iowa


Jose Avalos Covarrubias

Attorney for the Appellee

Genevieve Reinkoester, Assistant Attorney General

Attorney for the Appellant

Robert P. Ranschau, Assistant Appellate Defender

Court of Appeals

Court of Appeals Opinion

Opinion Number:
Date Published:
Dec 05, 2018

            Appeal from the Iowa District Court for Polk County, Karen A. Romano, Judge.  AFFIRMED.  Considered by Danilson, C.J., and Vogel and Tabor, JJ.  Opinion by Tabor, J.  (8 pages)

            Jose Avalos Covarrubias appeals his conviction for robbery in the second degree, under Iowa Code section 711.3 (2017).  He contends the State failed to prove he specifically intended to cause a bodily injury.  OPINION HOLDS: Avalos Covarrubias misconstrues the elements of robbery in the second degree: the State did not need to show a specific intent to cause bodily injury, only that Avalos Covarrubias had the specific intent to commit an assault and his act caused bodily injury.  On our review of the evidence, the verdict is supported by substantial evidence.  We affirm. 

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