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State v. Coleman

Superior Court of Delaware, New Castle

March 18, 2015

STATE OF DELAWARE
v.
MICHAEL W. COLEMAN

Submitted: February 23, 2015

Upon Defendant's Motion for Modification of Sentence

ORDER

Honorable Mary M. Johnston Judge

1. On March 18, 2011, Defendant was sentenced to 8 years of unsuspended time (as an habitual offender) for Burglary 2nd Degree; 3 years, suspended after 1 year for Attempted Robbery 2nd Degree; 3 years, suspended after 1 year for Possession of a Deadly Weapon by a Person Prohibited; and 1 year suspended for Theft of a Controlled Substance. In accordance with Title 11, Section 3901(d) of the Delaware Code, the Level 5 sentences are consecutive.[1]

2. Section 3901(d) has been amended, with an effective date of July 9, 2014. As amended, Section 3901(d) provides in pertinent part: "The court shall direct whether the sentence of confinement of any criminal defendant by any court of this State shall be made to run concurrently or consecutively with any other sentence of confinement imposed on such criminal defendant."

3. Defendant requests that the Court modify his sentence so that the Level 5 sentences of confinement be served concurrently.

4.Amended statutes will not be applied retroactively, unless the statute clearly contains express language indicating that the legislature intended retroactive application.[2]

5. The Court finds that Section 3901(d), as amended, was not intended by the Delaware General Assembly to have retroactive effect.

THEREFORE, Defendant's Motion to Modify Sentence is hereby DENIED. IT IS SO ORDERED.


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