from the Iowa District Court for Scott County, Stuart P.
Werling (trial) and Mark R. Lawson (sentence), Judges.
defendant appeals his convictions of interference with
official acts while displaying a dangerous weapon and
domestic abuse assault causing bodily injury challenging the
sufficiency of the evidence.
J. O'Flaherty of O'Flaherty Law Firm, Bettendorf, for
J. Miller, Attorney General, and Louis S. Sloven, Assistant
Attorney General, for appellee.
Considered by Vogel, P.J., and Potterfield and Mullins, JJ.
Korpak challenges the sufficiency of the evidence supporting
his convictions for interference with official acts while
displaying a dangerous weapon, in violation of Iowa Code
section 719.1(1)(f) (2017), and domestic abuse assault
causing bodily injury, in violation of Iowa Code section
708.2A(2)(b). After considering the trial record, we conclude
there is sufficient evidence to support the guilty verdicts.
Background Facts and Proceedings
February 6, 2017, Davenport police officers responded to a
domestic abuse call at approximately 9:30 p.m. When officers
arrived on scene, they found S.H. at her neighbor's house
with a laceration above her eye. The neighbor explained she
heard screaming coming from the neighboring apartment and
banging on the shared wall, on and off, for a few hours. The
officers learned that S.H. lived with her
"fiancé, " Korpak, who was still inside the
officers observed Korpak sitting in his kitchen with a large
fixed-bladed knife in his left hand and a beer in his right
hand. The officers attempted to speak to Korpak through the
kitchen window, advising him that he was under arrest and he
needed to drop the knife, come outside, and surrender
himself. Korpak was hostile, belligerent, and appeared to be
intoxicated, and when prompted to exit the home, he asked the
officer to shoot him. Around 10:30 p.m., approximately one
hour after officers responded to the call, Korpak exited his
house holding the knife in a raised or "attack"
position. He gestured wildly with the knife and yelled at
officers. Eventually, the officers subdued Korpak by shooting
him with rubber bullets and, because he continued to hold the
knife, tased him and then placed him under arrest.
was charged with interference with official acts while
displaying a dangerous weapon and domestic abuse assault
causing bodily injury. Korpak waived his right to a jury
trial and, after a bench trial, was convicted on both
charges. Korpak was sentenced to a term of incarceration not
to exceed five years on the interference conviction and a
term of 120 days on the domestic abuse conviction, and the
terms were ordered to run concurrently.
Scope and Standard of Review
review challenges to the sufficiency of evidence for errors
at law. State v. Sanford, 814 N.W.2d 611, 615 (Iowa
2012). We review the evidence "in the light most
favorable to the State, including all reasonable inferences
that may be deduced from" it to determine whether the
finding of guilt is supported by substantial evidence and
should be upheld. Id. Evidence is substantial if it