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Case No. 19-1244

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State of Iowa
Kevin Jermaine Jefferson


State of Iowa


Kevin Jermaine Jefferson

Attorney for the Appellee

Thomas J. Ogden, Assistant Attorney General

Attorney for the Appellant

Jeffrey M. Beatty

Court of Appeals

Court of Appeals Opinion

Opinion Number:
Date Published:
Sep 01, 2021

            Appeal from the Iowa District Court for Des Moines County, Michael J. Schilling, Judge.  AFFIRMED.  Considered by Tabor, P.J., Greer, J. and Doyle, S.J.  Opinion by Tabor, P.J.  (9 pages)

            Kevin Jermaine Jefferson appeals his conviction for robbery in the second degree, possession of methamphetamine, being a felon in possession of a firearm, and theft in the third degree.  He seeks to withdraw his guilty plea because emotional grief rendered the plea involuntary and the plea was conducted in-chambers, in violation of Iowa Rule of Criminal Procedure 2.8(2)(b).  OPINION HOLDS: We have authority to consider this appeal under Iowa Code section 814.6 (2019)’s “good cause” safety valve.  But the record does not support Jefferson’s claim that his plea was involuntary.  And Jefferson did not preserve the rule violation for appeal.  We affirm. 

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