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Case No. 18-0188

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State of Iowa
Ellis Charles Carpenter


State of Iowa


Ellis Charles Carpenter

Attorneys for Appellee

Tyler J. Buller, Assistant Attorney General

Attorneys for Appellant

Thomas J. O'Flaherty

Court of Appeals

Court of Appeals Opinion

Opinion Number:
Date Published:
Nov 21, 2018

            Appeal from the Iowa District Court for Scott County, Mark R. Fowler, District Associate Judge.  AFFIRMED.  Considered by Danilson, C.J., and Potterfield and Doyle, JJ.  Opinion by Doyle, J.  (6 pages)

            Ellis Carpenter appeals after pleading guilty to domestic abuse assault.  OPINION HOLDS: Because the record before the district court at the time of the plea sufficiently establishes a factual basis for the charge, Carpenter’s counsel was not ineffective in allowing him to plead guilty.  The record shows an assault occurred between household members residing together at the time of the assault because Carpenter admitted the person with whom he had offensive contact would qualify as a “domestic partner.”  The record is also sufficient to establish that the offensive contact occurred without justification. 

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