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State of Iowa v. Janice A. Mahe

IN THE COURT OF APPEALS OF IOWA


March 13, 2013

STATE OF IOWA, PLAINTIFF-APPELLEE,
v.
JANICE A. MAHE, DEFENDANT-APPELLANT.

Appeal from the Iowa District Court for Dubuque County, Monica Ackley, Judge.

The opinion of the court was delivered by: Mullins, J.

A defendant appeals the sentence imposed following her Alford plea to theft in the second degree. AFFIRMED.

Considered by Vaitheswaran, P.J., and Tabor and Mullins, JJ.

Janice Mahe appeals following her Alford*fn1 plea to second degree theft, in violation of Iowa Code sections 714.1 and 714.2(2) (2011). She appeals asserting the district court abused its discretion in sentencing her to five years in prison rather than a suspended sentence with five years' probation as provided in presentence investigation report and recommended by the prosecutor.

It is not an abuse of discretion for a court to reject the sentencing recommendation of a presentence investigator. State v. Taylor, 490 N.W.2d 536, 539 (Iowa 1992). The transcript of the sentencing proceedings and the recitations contained in the written judgment demonstrate the court properly exercised its discretion and weighed all pertinent factors in determining the sentence to impose. See State v. August, 589 N.W.2d 740, 744 (Iowa 1999). Because the district court did not abuse its discretion in sentencing Mahe, we affirm her conviction and sentence pursuant to Iowa Court Rule 21.29(1)(a) and (e).

AFFIRMED.


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