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Posted: Saturday, April 5, 2014 12:00 am

The Iowa Supreme Court has agreed to hear the case of a Dubuque man convicted of kidnapping and sexual assault.

The court announced Friday justices will hear the appeal of Scott Robinson, 36 who was convicted of kidnapping and sexually assaulting a woman he met in an East Dubuque bar in October 2011. He was sentenced to life in prison in July 2012, with Dubuque District Court Judge Michael Shubatt calling the crime "despicable."

No date has been set for the Supreme Court hearing.

Robinson appealed. Among his arguments were that evidence used to convict him did not support the jury's finding of guilt and some evidentiary rulings were incorrect.

Robinson's life sentence is tied to the conviction for first-degree kidnapping, a class A felony. But he argued the forced confinement that led to the charge was "incidental to the underlying alleged sexual assault," a lesser charge.

In January, the state Court of Appeals affirmed his conviction, but confirmed an "error" in one of Shubatt's evidentiary rulings.

The appeals court ruled that photos of Robinson taken hours before he met his victim should not have been admitted in the case. However, the appeals court determined the mistake was "harmless."

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