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Case No. 20-1333

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State of Iowa
Michael Joseph Watson


State of Iowa


Michael Joseph Watson

Attorney for the Appellee

Genevieve Reinkoester, Assistant Attorney General

Attorneys for the Appellant

Eric D. Puryear
Eric S. Mail

Court of Appeals

Court of Appeals Opinion

Opinion Number:
Date Published:
Jun 16, 2021

            Appeal from the Iowa District Court for Linn County, Casey D. Jones, District Associate Judge.  AFFIRMED.  Considered by Doyle, P.J. and Mullins and May, JJ.  Opinion by Mullins, J.  (6 pages)

Michael Watson appeals the sentences imposed upon his criminal convictions.  He argues the court’s reliance on his unwillingness to accept responsibility for his actions was an improper sentencing factor, the sentences imposed were unreasonable, and his counsel rendered ineffective assistance in failing to advise testimony would be presented at the time of sentencing and not explaining his right of allocution.  OPINION HOLDS: Finding no cause for reversal, we affirm the sentences imposed.

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