Adequate factual basis

Motion to withdraw plea

The trial court accepted defendant’s guilty plea to illegal possessing cocaine and a gun.  Defendant appealed his consequent convictions, arguing that his plea hearing statements admitting that he was taking responsibility for the cocaine and that he was taking possession and ownership of the gun provided an insufficient factual basis for his pleas.  The Minnesota Court of Appeals concluded that defendant’s admissions, which included his attorney’s imprecisely worded inquiries, suggested no real ambiguity in the facts that established his guilty.  Affirmed.

State v. Coatie, A18-0458, Scott County.

Criminal Defense Attorney Lynne Torgerson was not attorney of record in this case.

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