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Gregory v. State

Supreme Court of Delaware

January 7, 2014

WILLIAM GREGORY, Defendant Below-Appellant,
v.
STATE OF DELAWARE, Plaintiff Below-Appellee.

Submitted: November 22, 2013

Court Below─Superior Court of the State of Delaware in and for New Castle County Cr. ID No. 9811012362

Before HOLLAND, BERGER and JACOBS, Justices

ORDER

Carolyn Berger Justice

This 7th day of January 2014, upon consideration of the briefs of the parties and the record below, it appears to the Court that:

(1) The defendant-appellant, William Gregory, filed an appeal from the Superior Court's March 26, 2013 order denying his motion for correction of an illegal sentence pursuant to Superior Court Criminal Rule 35(a). We find no merit to the appeal. Accordingly, we affirm.

(2) The record before us reflects that, in February 2000, Gregory was found guilty by a Superior Court jury of Attempted Murder in the First Degree, Conspiracy in the First Degree, Assault in the Second Degree, Possession of a Firearm During the Commission of a Felony and Possession of a Deadly Weapon During the Commission of a Felony. He was sentenced to a total of 30 years of Level V incarceration, to be followed by decreasing levels of supervision. This Court affirmed Gregory's convictions on direct appeal.[1] Gregory's two subsequent motions for postconviction relief were denied by the Superior Court. This Court affirmed the Superior Court's decisions in both cases.[2]

(3) In this appeal from the Superior Court's denial of his motion to correct an illegal sentence, Gregory claims that he is entitled to good time credits on his sentence for Possession of a Firearm During the Commission of a Felony and that the Superior Court incorrectly determined that he is not. His underlying argument is that his sentence is subject to the provisions of Del. Code Ann. tit. 11, §1447A(d), which violates the ex post facto clause of the Delaware and United States Constitutions.

(4) In its answering brief, the State contends that Gregory's offender status sheet reflects that he is, in fact, receiving good time credits on all of his sentences and that those good time credits have advanced his release date. Specifically, the State contends, Gregory's offender status sheet reflects that he has earned 1, 068 days of statutory good time credits and also has earned meritorious good time credits, thereby advancing his release date by more than 3 years.

(5) Relief under Rule 35(a) is available only if the sentence in question a) exceeds the statutorily-authorized limits; b) violates double jeopardy; c) is ambiguous with respect to the time or manner in which it is to be served; d) is internally contradictory; e) omits a term required to be imposed by statute; f) is uncertain as to its substance; or g) is a sentence that the judgment of conviction did not authorize.[3]

(6) In this case, Gregory has failed to demonstrate that any of his sentences is illegal under Rule 35(a). Moreover, there is no apparent factual basis for Gregory's claim that he has not received good time credit on all of his sentences, including his sentence for Possession of a Firearm During the Commission of a Felony. As such, the Superior Court's denial of Gregory's Rule 35(a) motion must be affirmed, although on a ground different from that relied upon by the Superior Court.[4]

NOW, THEREFORE, IT IS ORDERED that the judgment of the Superior Court is AFFIRMED.


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