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Rollins v. State

Supreme Court of Delaware

March 19, 2014

DUANE ROLLINS, Defendant Below-Appellant,
v.
STATE OF DELAWARE, Plaintiff Below-Appellee

Submitted March 6, 2014

Case Closed April 4, 2014.

Editorial Note:

This decision has been designated as "Table of Decisions Without Published Opinions." in the Atlantic Reporter.

Court Below--Superior Court of the State of Delaware, in and for New Castle County. Cr. ID 1212010904.

Before HOLLAND, BERGER, and JACOBS, Justices.

OPINION

Carolyn Berger, Justice

ORDER

This 19th day of March 2014, upon consideration of the appellant's opening brief and the State's motion to remand, it appears to the Court that:

(1) The appellant, Duane Rollins, filed this appeal from a Superior Court sentencing order dated November 15, 2013. The Superior Court sentenced Rollins as a habitual offender following the entry of his guilty plea to two counts of Strangulation.

(2) In his opening brief on appeal, Rollins argues that the sentencing judge, as well as the prosecutor and defense counsel, mistakenly believed that Strangulation is statutorily categorized as a violent offense under the habitual offender statute. It is not. In its motion to remand, the State laudably concedes error and requests that the matter be remanded to the Superior Court for resentencing. Under the circumstances, the Court agrees.

NOW, THEREFORE, IT IS ORDERED that the judgment of the Superior Court is VACATED, and this matter is REMANDED for resentencing. Jurisdiction is not retained.


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