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Case No. 18-1327

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State of Iowa
Ambrashia Marie Chrzan


State of Iowa


Ambrashia Marie Chrzan

Attorney for the Appellee

Thomas E. Bakke, Assistant Attorney General

Attorney for the Appellant

Maria Ruhtenberg, Assistant Appellate Defender

Court of Appeals

Court of Appeals Opinion

Opinion Number:
Date Published:
Oct 09, 2019

            Appeal from the Iowa District Court for Washington County, Myron Gookin, Judge.  AFFIRMED.  Considered by Vaitheswaran, P.J., and Doyle and Bower, JJ.  Opinion by Bower, J. (6 pages)

            Ambrashia Chrzan appeals her conviction for child endangerment resulting in death.  She asserts trial counsel was ineffective in failing to object to prior-bad-acts evidence and in failing to object to a jury instruction that prior statements made by the defendant could be considered as if made at trial.  OPINION HOLDS: We affirm the conviction, preserve the first ineffective-assistance claim for possible postconviction proceedings, and reject the second ineffective-assistance claim on the merits.

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