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Case No. 22-1284

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Ryder Lee Sisco
v.
State of Iowa

Appellant

Ryder Lee Sisco

Appellee

State of Iowa

Attorney for the Appellant

Jennifer Bennett Finn

Attorney for the Appellee

Sheryl Soich, Assistant Attorney General

Court of Appeals

Court of Appeals Opinion

Opinion Number:
22-1284
Date Published:
Jan 24, 2024
Summary

            Appeal from the Iowa District Court for Jackson County, Stuart P. Werling, Judge.  AFFIRMED.  Considered by Tabor, P.J., Chicchelly, J., and Potterfield, S.J.  Opinion by Potterfield, S.J.  (12 pages)

            After a jury convicted Ryder Sisco of first-degree kidnapping and domestic abuse assault by impeding airflow or blood circulation in 2016, Sisco applied for postconviction relief (PCR), which the district court denied.  On appeal, Sisco re-raises some of his claims of ineffective assistance of trial counsel, asserting he was prejudiced by trial counsel’s failure to (1) object to testimony from the expert criminalist regarding DNA evidence, (2) challenge the State’s proof Sisco removed or confined the complaining witness, and (3) explain the plea offer in a way he could understand.  OPINION HOLDS: Sisco failed to establish any of his claims of ineffective assistance of trial counsel.  We affirm the district court’s denial of his application for PCR. 

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