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Case No. 21-1950

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State of Iowa
Crissie Marie Heldenbrand


State of Iowa


Crissie Marie Heldenbrand

Attorneys for Appellee

Thomas E. Bakke, Assistant Attorney General

Attorneys for Appellant

Nicholas Einwalter

Court of Appeals

Court of Appeals Opinion

Opinion Number:
Date Published:
Aug 03, 2022

            Appeal from the Iowa District Court for Polk County, Joseph W. Seidlin, Judge.  AFFIRMED.  Considered by Vaitheswaran, P.J., and Greer and Schumacher, JJ.  Opinion by Greer, J.  (4 pages)

Crissie Heldenbrand appeals the sentence imposed after she pled guilty to dependent adult abuse by financial exploitation, first-degree theft, and forgery.  Heldenbrand argues the sentencing court gave too little weight to her opportunity for rehabilitation and too much weight to the protection of the community from further offenses; she maintains she should have received deferred judgments rather than suspended sentences and probation.  OPINION HOLDS: Given the strong presumption we give in favor of a sentence that falls within the statutory limits, and because the sentencing court appropriately weighed the required factors, we affirm Heldenbrand’s sentence. 

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