Iowa kidnapper denied post-conviction relief

MASON CITY, Iowa (AP) — A Mason City man serving 25 years in prison for kidnapping has had his motion for post-conviction relief denied.

The Mason City Globe Gazette reports ( that 59-year-old Michael Jon Winters’ latest motion was died Friday in Cerro Gordo County District Court.

Winters pleaded guilty in early 2011 to using a rifle in forcing a woman from her home in Mason City and taking her to a home in Rockford in 2010. She was released later in the day.

Before Winters’ sentencing, a judge denied his motion to withdraw the plea, which Winters had negotiated as part of a plea agreement.

In his latest motion, Winters argued that his attorney was ineffective because she should not have permitted him to plead guilty, and that the plea was not voluntary.


Information from: Globe Gazette,

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