The Iowa Court of Appeals has thrown out the lifetime parole given a convicted sex offender. Carl Gene Garnica was arrested by Davenport police in 2008 and later convicted of second-degree sexual abuse for incidents with two women that happened in 2003. He was sentenced to twenty-five years in prison, and the court also imposed a special sentence of lifetime parole based on a law that took effect in July of 2005. Garnica appealed his conviction and sentence on a variety of issues.

The Appeals Court upheld Garnica’s conviction on the charges, but said the special sentencing of lifetime parole could not be imposed on Garnica as his actions happened before the law requiring such parole took effect. The Appeals Court ordered Garnica to be resentenced.