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Case No. 20-1654

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State of Iowa
Ross Edward Thornton


State of Iowa


Ross Edward Thornton

Attorney for the Appellee

Zachary Miller, Assistant Attorney General

Attorney for the Appellant

Andy Dunn

Court of Appeals

Court of Appeals Opinion

Opinion Number:
Date Published:
Nov 23, 2021

            Appeal from the Iowa District Court for Jefferson County, Gregory G. Milani, Judge.  AFFIRMED.  Considered by May, P.J., Ahlers, J., and Doyle, S.J.  Opinion by Doyle, S.J.  (5 pages)

            Ross Thornton appeals after a jury found him guilty of aiding and abetting robbery in the first degree.  OPINION HOLDS: Material evidence corroborates the accomplice testimony and connects Thornton to the robbery.  We leave the credibility of the accomplice testimony to the jury to decide, but it is not so impossible, absurd, or contradictory that we can disregard it.  And although there is evidence by which a fact finder could find Thornton not guilty, when viewed in the light most favorable to the State, substantial evidence supports the guilty verdict. 

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