Appeal from the Iowa District Court for Black Hawk County, Todd A. Geer (plea) and Andrea J. Dryer (trial), Judges.
John Young appeals his conviction for third-degree burglary, contending the district court and his trial counsel should have questioned his competency and a hearing on the matter should have been held.
Mark C. Smith, State Appellate Defender, and Robert P. Ranschau, Assistant Appellate Defender, for appellant.
Thomas J. Miller, Attorney General, Jean C. Pettinger, Assistant Attorney General, Jacob Marshall, Student Legal Intern, Thomas J. Ferguson, County Attorney, and Brian J. Williams, Assistant County Attorney, for appellee.
Considered by Vaitheswaran, P.J., and Potterfield and Doyle, JJ.
John Young appeals his conviction for third-degree burglary. He argues the trial court violated his due process rights by failing to hold a competency hearing. He also asserts violations of his rights to effective assistance of counsel and to a fair trial. We affirm.
I. Background Facts and Proceedings.
Young was charged by trial information in May 2012 with third-degree burglary. Young initially entered a plea of not guilty; however, at a July hearing, Young was prepared to change his plea to guilty as charged, pursuant to a plea agreement with the State. The court conducted a colloquy with Young about his intent to plead guilty, and the following exchange occurred:
[THE COURT]: Are you [entering a guilty plea] voluntarily and of your own free will?
[THE COURT]: Are you doing this because you are in fact guilty of this charge and for no other reason?
[THE COURT]: Are you on any medication now?
[THE COURT]: What type of ...