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Case No. 18-2116

State of Iowa
v.
Shanna Dessinger

Shanna Dessinger seeks further review of the court of appeals opinion affirming Dessinger’s conviction for child endangerment, arguing the court erred by excluding the child’s verbal assertions but not the simultaneous nonverbal assertions during the child’s demonstration of what happened.

County:
Webster
Trial Court Case No.:
AGCR357297

Resister

State of Iowa

Complainant

Shanna Dessinger

Attorneys for Resister

Kyle P. Hanson

Attorneys for Complainant

Vidhya K. Reddy

Supreme Court

Oral Argument Schedule

15-15-5

Oct 15, 2020 1:30 PM

Briefs

Supreme Court Opinion

Opinion Number:
18-2116
Date Published:
Apr 23, 2021

Court of Appeals

Court of Appeals Opinion

Opinion Number:
18-2116
Date Published:
May 13, 2020
Summary

            Appeal from the Iowa District Court for Webster County, Angela L. Doyle, Judge.  CONVICTION AFFIRMED, SENTENCE VACATED IN PART, AND REMANDED FOR RESENTENCING.2  Considered by Vaitheswaran, P.J., and Doyle and May, JJ.  Opinion by May, J.  (11 pages)

            Following a jury trial, Shanna Dessinger was convicted of child endangerment.  She appeals arguing (1) hearsay was improperly admitted, (2) her Confrontation Clause rights were violated, (3) trial counsel was ineffective, and (4) the district court failed to make an ability-to-pay determination before imposing court costs.  OPINION HOLDS: We affirm Dessinger’s conviction.  We vacate the restitution portion of her sentencing order and remand for resentencing.

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