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Case No. 19-1018

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State of Iowa
Michael L. Thompson


State of Iowa


Michael L. Thompson

Attorney for the Appellee

Israel Kodiaga, Assistant Attorney General

Attorney for the Appellant

Shawn Smith

Court of Appeals

Court of Appeals Opinion

Opinion Number:
Date Published:
Oct 21, 2020

            Appeal from the Iowa District Court for Hardin County, Bethany Currie, Judge.  AFFIRMED.  Considered by Vaitheswaran, P.J., and Tabor and Schumacher, JJ.  Opinion by Vaitheswaran, P.J.  (3 pages)

            Michael Thompson appeals the district court’s sentencing decision following his convictions for second-degree burglary and two counts of first-degree harassment, contending the district court abused its discretion in (1) imposing “a maximum sentence for a first-time felon engaged in non-violent conduct who caused no permanent physical damage to persons or property” and (2) failing “to clearly state the reasons supporting its sentence on the record during the sentencing hearing.”  OPINION HOLDS: We affirm Thompson’s sentence.

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