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Case No. 18-0265

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State of Iowa
v.
Robert Anthony Cooper

Appellee

State of Iowa

Appellant

Robert Anthony Cooper

Attorneys for Appellee

Kyle P. Hanson, Assistant Attorney General

Attorneys for Appellant

Jessica Maffitt

Court of Appeals

Court of Appeals Opinion

Opinion Number:
18-0265
Date Published:
Sep 26, 2018
Summary

            Appeal from the Iowa District Court for Polk County, Odell G. McGhee II, District Associate Judge.  AFfirmed.  Considered by Danilson, C.J., and Vogel and Tabor, JJ.  Opinion by Vogel, J.  (7 pages)

            Cooper appeals his conviction and sentence after he entered into an Alford plea for fourth-degree theft.  First, Cooper claims that he received ineffective assistance of counsel because his counsel allowed him to enter into the Alford plea even though there was no factual basis for the plea.  Second, Cooper argues that the district court erred by accepting the plea due to the lack of factual basis.  OPINION HOLDS: There was factual basis to support the entering and acceptance of an Alford plea for fourth-degree theft, thus we affirm.

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