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Case No. 20-0244

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State of Iowa
Heather Mesa


State of Iowa


Heather Mesa

Attorney for the Appellee

Zachary Miller, Assistant Attorney General

Attorney for the Appellant

Maria Ruhtenberg, Assistant Appellate Defender

Court of Appeals

Court of Appeals Opinion

Opinion Number:
Date Published:
May 12, 2021

            Appeal from the Iowa District Court for Muscatine County, Tamra Roberts, Judge.  AFFIRMED.  Considered by Bower, C.J., and Tabor and Ahlers, JJ.  Opinion by Ahlers, J. (5 pages)


            Heather Mesa challenges the victim restitution she was ordered to pay following her convictions for forgery and second-degree theft.  On appeal, Mesa seeks to have the restitution order vacated on the grounds that the district court’s order requiring her to pay the full amount lacked sufficient evidentiary support.  OPINION HOLDS: Based on the evidence presented, the district court’s order for victim restitution in the amount of $1228.00 is supported by substantial evidence and is within the reasonable range of the evidence.  Therefore, we find no error in the district court’s victim restitution determination.  We affirm.

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