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Case No. 18-1698

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State of Iowa
Amber Dawn Leahy


State of Iowa


Amber Dawn Leahy

Attorney for the Appellee

Thomas E. Bakke, Assistant Attorney General

Attorney for the Appellant

Mark C. Meyer

Court of Appeals

Court of Appeals Opinion

Opinion Number:
Date Published:
Oct 23, 2019

            Appeal from the Iowa District Court for Linn County, Mitchell E. Turner, Judge.  AFFIRMED.  Considered by Tabor, P.J., and Mullins and May, JJ.  Opinion by Tabor, P.J.  (4 pages)

            Amber Leahy appeals her guilty plea to possession of methamphetamine in violation of Iowa Code section 124.401(5) (2018), an aggravated misdemeanor.  Leahy alleges her legal representation fell below constitutional norms.  Leahy contends Iowa Code section 908.10A requires automatic parole revocation effective on the date of her new offense and she was unaware of that consequence.  Leahy claims she did not enter the guilty plea intelligently and voluntarily, and is entitled to have the plea set aside and to plead anew.  OPINION HOLDS: Because the record is not developed enough to resolve Leahy’s claim of confusion about the consequences of entering the guilty plea, we preserve the matter for a potential postconviction-relief proceeding. 

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