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State v. Gibbs

Superior Court of Delaware

February 28, 2018

STATE OF DELAWARE, Respondent/Plaintiff,
v.
MYRON GIBBS, Petitioner/Defendant.

          Submitted: November 21, 2017

          Myron Gibbs, Paddock Road, Smyrna, Petitioner, pro se.

          COMMISSIONER'S REPORT AND RECOMMENDATION ON DEFENDANT'S THIRD MOTION FOR POSTCONVICTION RELIEF

          MANNING, Commissioner.

         This 28th day of February, 2017, upon consideration of petitioner Myron Gibbs' motion for postconviction relief (hereinafter the "Motion"), I find and recommend the following:

         Facts and Procedural History

         Following a jury trial, Gibbs was convicted of Rape in the Second Degree, Rape in the Fourth Degree and Offensive Touching on July 7, 2010. Gibbs was acquitted of Kidnapping in the Second Degree. Gibbs was sentenced to, in total, 20 years at Level V suspended after 15 years for six months at Level IV followed by probation. Gibbs subsequently filed a direct appeal to the Delaware Supreme Court that was denied on August 3, 2011.[1]

         On July 27, 2012, Gibbs filed a motion for extension of time to file a motion for postconviction relief pursuant to Superior Ct. Crim. Rule 61[2] Gibb's motion for an extension of time was denied by Judge William C. Carpenter Jr. on August 21, 2012.[3] On November 13, 2012, Gibbs filed a motion for appointment of counsel to assist him in filing his motion for postconviction relief; this motion was also denied as the time limit to file a motion for postconviction relief under Rule 61 had passed. On December 11, 2012, Gibbs filed a motion for postconviction relief; however, this motion was rejected by the Court as non-conforming.[4] On January 4, 2013, Gibbs filed a motion to amend his motion for postconviction relief. On January 22, 2013, Gibbs' motions were referred to Commissioner Michael P. Reynolds.[5] Following an exchange of letters between Gibbs and the Court, Commissioner Reynolds ordered that counsel be appointed to represent Gibbs pursuant to the recent Delaware Supreme Court decision in Holmes v. State.[6]

         On June 2, 2014, with the assistance of counsel, Gibbs' filed a complying motion for postconviction relief.[7] Following briefing by all parties, Commissioner Lynne M. Parker filed her Report and Recommendation stating that Gibbs' motion should be denied.[8] After a de novo review, Judge Carpenter adopted Commissioner Parker's Report and issued his Order denying Gibbs' motion on April 10, 2016.[9]Gibbs filed an appeal to the Delaware Supreme Court; however, his appeal was denied on May 20, 2016.[10]

          On September 9, 2016, Gibbs filed a second motion for postconviction relief. Gibbs' second motion was referred to the undersigned Commissioner on November 10, 2016. In his motion, Gibbs claims that he received ineffective assistance of counsel at trial because his counsel did not object to the section 3507 statement being entered as a exhibit that the jury could later view and because trial counsel did not object to the trial judge amending the indictment as to the charge of Kidnapping in the Second Degree. Gibbs also claimed that he received ineffective assistance of counsel on appeal because his lawyer failed to raise the above issues or include them in his Rule 26(c) brief[11]

         I issued my Report and Recommendation that Gibbs' second motion for postconviction relief should be denied on February 10, 2017. Receiving no objections, my Report was adopted by Judge Carpenter on February 28, 2017. Gibbs then filed an appeal to the Delaware Supreme Court, which was denied on August 7, 2017. Gibbs' third Motion was filed on November 15, 2017. Based upon my review of Gibbs' Motion I did not order additional briefing, nor did I see the need for an evidentiary hearing.

         In the instant Motion, Gibbs alleges the following ground for postconviction relief, quoted verbatim from his Motion:

Ground One: Amending Grand Jury's Indictment illegally. Trial Counsel did not object to state amending its own indictment illegally nor did he motion court to reindict for defective indictment purposes, counsel allowed too.

         Legal Standard and Analysis

         Gibbs' Motion is controlled by Superior Ct. Crim. Rule 61. Before addressing the merits of a motion for postconviction relief under Rule 61, a reviewing court ...


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