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  • Mike Bunge
  • Wed December 24 2014
  • Posted Dec 27, 2014
A north Iowa man given enhanced sentences for drug possession has been rejected by the Iowa Court of Appeals.

56-year-old McKinley Dudley Jr. was convicted in January 2011 of possession of methamphetamine and possession of marijuana. Court documents say on September 18, 2010, a Mason City Police Officer tried to stop Dudley for riding his bicycle at night without a headlight. When Dudley refused to stop, the officer tackled him and, after a search, found meth and pot in his possession.

The judge sentenced Dudley to 15 years in prison on both charges, to be served concurrently. That sentence was longer than normal because Dudley was declared a habitual offender due to multiple previous convictions.

Dudley’s appeal of his drug convictions was denied and he then filed for post-conviction relief, claiming his attorney did not present witnesses on his behalf and that the sentencing enhancement was improper.

The Iowa Court of Appeals has now denied Dudley any post-conviction relief. The Court says it believes Dudley’s attorney when she claims she was never informed of those witnesses and that the State has the power to enhance the sentences of those with multiple felony convictions.


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