from the Iowa District Court for Wright County, Christopher
C. Foy, Judge.
Fidel Castaneda appeals from the judgment and sentence
entered upon his conviction of attempted murder. AFFIRMED.
Benjamin D. Bergmann and Gina Messamer of Parrish Kruidenier
Dunn Boles Gribble Gentry Brown & Bergmann, L.L.P., Des
Moines, for appellant.
J. Miller, Attorney General, and Jean C. Pettinger, Assistant
Attorney General, for appellee.
Considered by Vaitheswaran, P.J., and Tabor and Mullins, JJ.
VAITHESWARAN, Presiding Judge.
found Marcos Fidel Castaneda guilty of attempted murder. On
appeal, Castaneda argues (1) the evidence was insufficient to
support the intent element of the crime, and (2) the district
court erred in allowing a State-procured interpreter to
provide interpretive services during the trial.
Sufficiency of the Evidence
jury was instructed the State would have to prove the
following elements of attempted murder:
1. On or about February 14, 2016, Defendant shot Hugo Salinas
with a firearm.
2. By his acts, Defendant expected to set in motion a force
or chain of events which would cause or result in the death
of Hugo Salinas.
3. When Defendant acted, he specifically intended to cause
the death of Hugo Salinas. Castaneda does not dispute that he
shot Salinas with a firearm, but he argues "the evidence
was insufficient to prove [he] intended to cause the death of
Mr. Salinas." We will uphold the jury's finding of
guilt if it is supported by substantial evidence. State
v. Sanford, 814 N.W.2d 611, 615 (Iowa 2012).
reasonable juror could have found the following facts.
Castaneda had a relationship with a woman. In time, the woman
began dating another man, Hugo Salinas. When Castaneda
learned of this relationship, he became angry. After running
into his former girlfriend and Salinas, he sent a text
message stating, "Take care of your new boyfriend."
The same evening, Castaneda followed the couple to their
apartment, parked next to them, got out of his vehicle with a
.22 caliber long rifle, and shot Salinas in the chest. He
left, returned, and shot Salinas again in the head. A
subsequent search of Castaneda's vehicle uncovered an
open package of .22 bullets and a spent casing. The rifle
Castaneda used required manual insertion of each cartridge
and manual release of a locking device before each firing.
Based on these facts, the jury reasonably could have
determined that Castaneda specifically intended to cause the
death of Salinas. We therefore conclude the challenged
element was supported by substantial evidence.