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Case No. 22-0892

State of Iowa
Sydney Leiann Slaughter

Sydney Slaughter appealed from her conviction for gambling (false claim of winnings), in violation of Iowa Code section 99F.15(4)(h), a class “D” felony. The court of appeals reversed the conviction, finding the state failed to offer substantial evidence of Ms. Slaughter’s specific intent to defraud, and that Slaughter made a wager. The court granted the State’s application for further review.

Black Hawk
Trial Court Case No.:


State of Iowa


Sydney Leiann Slaughter

Attorney for the Applicant

Martha E. Trout

Attorney for the Resister

Vidhya K. Reddy

Supreme Court

Oral Argument Schedule


Dec 14, 2023 1:30 PM


Supreme Court Opinion

Opinion Number:
Date Published:
Feb 23, 2024

Court of Appeals

Court of Appeals Opinion

Opinion Number:
Date Published:
Aug 09, 2023

              Appeal from the Iowa District Court for Black Hawk County, Kellyann M. Lekar, Judge.  REVERSED AND REMANDED.  Considered by Bower, C.J., and Tabor and Greer, JJ.  Opinion by Tabor, J.  Dissent by Greer, J.  (23 pages)

              A defendant appeals her conviction for a making a false claim for a slot machine jackpot.  She argues the statute she was convicted under did not encompass her conduct.  She also contends her conviction is not supported by sufficient evidence as to two elements.  And she asserts the district court erred in allowing an expert witness to testify to the meaning of wager.  OPINION HOLDS: Because the State failed to provide substantial evidence of her guilt, we reverse and remand for the district court to enter a judgment of acquittal.  DISSENT ASSERTS: I must dissent from the majority opinion because I view the circumstantial evidence in this case as sufficient support for the conviction.

Other Information

Date Further Review is Granted:
Oct 04, 2023

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