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State v. Wright-Clayton

Superior Court of Delaware

June 4, 2019

STATE OF DELAWARE
v.
LAMAR WRIGHT-CLAYTON, Defendant.

          Submitted: March 26, 2019

         Upon Consideration of Defendant's Motion for Post-Conviction Relief, and the Commissioner's Report and Recommendation Defendant's Motion for Post-Conviction Relief is Denied And the Motion to Withdraw as Counsel is Granted

          Phillip M. Casale, Esquire, Department of Justice. 820 North French Street, 5th Floor, Wilmington, Delaware, 19801. Deputy Attorney General.

          Lamar Wright-Clayton, Pro Se Defendant.

          ORDER

          The Honorable Calvin L. Scott, Jr., Judge.

         On this 3rd day of June, 2019, upon consideration of the Defendant's Motion for Post-Conviction Relief, the Commissioner's Report and Recommendation, and the record in this case, it appears that:

1. On March 22, 2016, a jury found Defendant Lamar Wright-Clayton guilty of Possession of a Firearm by a Person Prohibited, Possession of Ammunition by a Person Prohibited, Carrying a Concealed Deadly Weapon, and Driving while Suspended/Revoked. The Court granted the State's Motion to Declare Defendant a Habitual Offender on May 27, 2016, and Wright-Clayton was sentenced on June 3, 2016.
2. On January 20, 2017, the Delaware Supreme Court determined Wright-Clayton's direct appeal was without merit, upholding the denial of his suppression motion, and affirming the judgment of the Superior Court.[1]
3. Thereafter, Wright-Clayton filed a Motion for Post-Conviction Relief pursuant to Superior Court Criminal Rule 61.[2] The Court referred the Motion to Superior Court Commissioner Lynne M. Parker for proposed findings of facts and conclusions of law pursuant to 10 Del. C. § 512(b) and Superior Court Criminal Rule 62.[3]
4. On October 23, 2018, the Commissioner filed a Report and Recommendation that Defendant's Motion for Post-Conviction Relief should be DENIED and the Motion to Withdraw as Counsel should be GRANTED.[4] Wright-Clayton filed an appeal from the Commissioner's findings and was given until November 23, 2018 to file his objections.[5]
5. On October 30, 2018, Wright-Clayton filed an "Appeal from Commissioner's Findings of Fact and Recommendations," which failed to specify which portions of the report or specified proposed findings or recommendations to which an objection was made.[6] The Court adopted the Commissioner's Report and Recommendation ("Commissioner's Report") on February 6, 2019.[7]
6. Wright-Clayton filed a Motion for Reconsideration on February 19, 2019, [8] and a Motion to Amend on February 28, 2019.[9] On March 7, 2019, the Court granted Wright-Clayton until April 2, 2019 to file any objections to the Commissioner's Report, or to alert the Court that he would be relying on his October 30, 2018 filing.[10] Wright-Clayton filed an Amended Appeal from Commissioner's Findings of Fact and Recommendations on March 26, 2019 ("Amended Appeal").[11]
7. In the Amended Appeal, Wright-Clayton contends that the Court erred in sentencing him as a habitual offender pursuant to 11 Dei C. § 4214 ("Section 4214"). Wright-Clayton argues that his sentence should be corrected because some of the prior convictions used to enhance his sentence are no longer considered violent felonies under 11 Dei C. § 4201.
8. Wright-Clayton's challenge to his habitual offender status is without merit. Section 4214(a) in part provides that "any person who has been 3 times convicted of any felony under the laws of this State . . . and who shall thereafter be convicted of a subsequent felony is declared to be a habitual offender." Wright-Clayton received an enhanced sentence under Section 4214(a) for Possession of a Firearm by a Person Prohibited and Carrying a Concealed Deadly Weapon.[12] And, the certified court records submitted by the State reveal that Wright-Clayton has six (6) prior felony convictions.[13] These previous convictions "placed him squarely within the statutory ...

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