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State v. Doiel

Court of Appeals of Iowa

September 13, 2017

STATE OF IOWA, Plaintiff-Appellee,
v.
CLINTON JOHN DOIEL, Defendant-Appellant.

         Appeal from the Iowa District Court for Page County, James S. Heckerman, Judge.

         The defendant appeals the trial court's denial of his motion for judgment of acquittal and motion for new trial after a jury convicted him of one count of burglary in the second degree and one count of burglary in the third degree.

          Mark C. Smith, State Appellate Defender, and Bradley M. Bender, Assistant Appellate Defender, for appellant.

          Thomas J. Miller, Attorney General, and Kelli Huser, Assistant Attorney General, for appellee.

          Considered by Vogel, P.J., and Potterfield and Mullins, JJ.

          POTTERFIELD, JUDGE

         Clinton Doiel appeals the denial of his motion for judgment of acquittal and motion for new trial after a jury convicted him of one count of burglary in the second degree and one count of burglary in the third degree. He argues the evidence was insufficient to support the verdict and the weight of the evidence is contrary to the verdict. We affirm.

         I. Background Facts and Proceedings.

         On April 20, 2016, Doiel was charged by trial information with two counts burglary in the second degree and one count burglary in the third degree, pursuant to Iowa Code sections 713.5 and 713.6A (2016), respectively. The charges were based on reports of missing pain medication from residents of units in the apartment complex where Doiel resides.

         At trial, two of Doiel's neighbors testified about an encounter with Doiel at their respective units. Antone Ranner stated he was returning to his apartment when he witnessed Doiel exiting Ranner's front door. Ranner stated the apartment was locked and Doiel did not have permission to enter the apartment. Later Ranner discovered sixty Percocet pills were missing from his apartment; Doiel knew about the pills. Ranner also testified about recent break-ins at the apartment complex. He stated another neighbor had shown him and Doiel how to open a locked apartment door using a credit card.

         Beverly Ryan, Doiel's neighbor, testified that she awoke on April 8 to Doiel standing at her bedroom door. She stated her apartment door was locked before she fell asleep and Doiel did not have permission to enter the apartment. Ryan stated some of her pain-relief medication was missing after Doiel's unauthorized entry.

         Following the State's case-in-chief, Doiel moved for a judgment of acquittal. The trial court denied the motion. After trial, the jury convicted Doiel of one count burglary in the second degree and one count burglary in the third degree. Doiel then filed a motion for new trial, which the trial court summarily denied, stating, "Defendant's motion for new trial is overruled." Doiel appealed.

         II. Standard of Review.

         We review challenges to the sufficiency of evidence for correction of errors at law. State v. Shorter, 893 N.W.2d 65, 70 (Iowa 2017). "We will affirm a trial court's denial of a motion for judgment of acquittal if the record contains ...


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