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Case No. 20-1403

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State of Iowa
Michael Jonathan Phelps


State of Iowa


Michael Jonathan Phelps

Attorney for the Appellee

Kyle Hanson, Assistant Attorney General

Attorney for the Appellant

Theresa R. Wilson, Assistant Appellate Defender

Court of Appeals

Court of Appeals Opinion

Opinion Number:
Date Published:
Jun 30, 2021

            Appeal from the Iowa District Court for Polk County, Celene Gogerty, Judge.  AFFIRMED.  Considered by Bower, C.J., and Tabor and Ahlers, JJ.  Opinion by Tabor, J.  (6 pages)

            Michael Phelps appeals his indeterminate forty-four-year prison term for sexual exploitation of minors.  OPINION HOLDS: Because the district court permissibly weighed the serious nature of the offenses with all other relevant sentencing factors, we find no abuse of discretion in the sentencing decision.  Thus, we affirm the sentence. 

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