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Barrett v. State

Supreme Court of Delaware

July 21, 2014

DOUGLAS BARRETT, Defendant Below, Appellant,
v.
STATE OF DELAWARE, Plaintiff Below, Appellee

Submitted May 9, 2014

Case Closed August 6, 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 No. 1009013741.

Before STRINE, Chief Justice, HOLLAND and RIDGELY, Justices.

OPINION

ORDER

Henry duPont Ridgely Justice

This 21st day of July 2014, upon consideration of the briefs and supplemental memoranda of the parties and the Superior Court record, it appears to the Court that:

(1) On February 8, 2011, the appellant, Douglas Barrett, pled guilty to a drug-related offense and was sentenced to three years at Level V suspended for twelve months at Level III. On June 22, 2011, Barrett was found guilty of his second violation of probation (VOP) and was sentenced to two years, eleven months and twenty-three days at Level V suspended for the same period of time at Level IV CREST, a substance abuse treatment program, suspended upon successful completion of the program for twelve months at Level III.

(2) On March 28, 2013, Barrett filed a motion for correction of sentence seeking credit for time served at a Level IV VOP Center. By order dated July 26, 2013, the Superior Court ruled that Barrett was " entitled to credit for time served in [the] VOP Center" but was " not entitled to credit for time spent in L4 treatment, e.g., CREST, even if CREST shares space at [the] VOP Center."

(3) Barrett filed an appeal from the Superior Court's denial of credit for time served in the CREST program at the VOP Center. On appeal, we are constrained to find that the Superior Court's denial of credit for time served was an abuse of discretion.

(4) A defendant is entitled to Level V credit for time served at a Level V facility and at a Level IV VOP Center.[1] Credit for time served at a Level V facility includes any time spent in a substance abuse treatment program while at that facility and should also include any time spent in a substance abuse treatment program while at a Level IV VOP Center.[2]

NOW, THEREFORE IT IS ORDERED that the Superior Court judgment is REVERSED and this case is REMANDED to the Superior Court for correction of sentence.


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