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Defendant was charged with felony interference with a peace officer. Ultimately, the case was submitted to the jury. The jury deliberated for approximately four hours before it informed the district court that it was deadlocked. After discussion with counsel, the district court gave the jury a supplemental instruction asking the jurors to continue their deliberations. Less than one hour later, the jury returned a guilty verdict. Defendant appealed, arguing that the court’s supplemental instruction improperly coerced the jury and that his attorney provided ineffective assistance by failing to object to the instruction. The Supreme Court affirmed, holding (1) the supplemental instruction was not unduly coercive; and (2) defense counsel’s failure to object to the jury instruction did not constitute deficient performance.