(Council Bluffs) A Pottawattamie County man convicted of murder will have his appeal heard by the Iowa Supreme Court.
According to the Omaha World Herald, Craig Finney, of Macedonia, pleaded guilty to attempted murder in the shooting of Patricia Harker of Minden in June. Finney was sentenced to 25-years in prison, and remains at the Clarinda Correctional Facility. However, shortly after the court proceedings, court documents say Finney appealed the guilty plea arguing that he received ineffective legal counsel that permitted him to plead guilty to attempted murder without establishing a factual basis to support the charge.
Authorities say on June 17, 2011, Finney broke into Harker’s rural home and shot her in the shoulder after an altercation. The pair had recently ended a romantic relationship. A man in the home, Benjamin Shimmin, hid in the bathroom and called the authorities. Finney shot through the bathroom door and missed Shimmin and then Finney shot himself in the shoulder, and fled. He was later apprehended in Morgan County, Missouri.
Finney was charged with attempted murder of Harker, attempted murder of Shimmin, first-degree burglary, assault of Harker while participating in a felony, assault of Shimmin while participating in a felony and flight to avoid prosecution.
Finney agreed to plead guilty to the attempted murder of Harker, and the state dropped the other charges.
November 1, 2012