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Case No. 19-1425

State of Iowa
Bryan Dwight Henderson

Bryan Henderson appeals from the judgment of sentence for indecent contact with a child, entered after the court accepted his guilty plea pursuant to North Carolina v. Alford, 400 U.S. 25 (1970). Henderson argues there is good cause for the court to hear the appeal pursuant to new Iowa Code section 814.6(1)(a)(3) because: (1) he consistently asserted his innocence; (2) there was only one witness, who did not report the alleged crime for five months; (3) there was no physical evidence; and (4) the court required him to serve prison time rather than ordering probation. Substantively he argues the court erred by considering improper sentencing factors, abused its discretion, and failed to make sufficient findings supporting the sentence. Finally, he argues the court erred when it allowed the State to present its arguments first in violation of new Iowa Code section 901.4B.

Trial Court Case No.:


State of Iowa


Bryan Dwight Henderson

Attorney for the Appellee

Zachary Miller

Attorney for the Appellant

Thomas J. Viner

Supreme Court

Oral Argument Schedule


Apr 07, 2020 1:30 PM


Supreme Court Opinion

Opinion Number:
Date Published:
May 29, 2020

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