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State v. Colon

Superior Court of Delaware

November 5, 2019

STATE OF DELAWARE,
v.
JUAN E. COLON, Defendant.

          ORDER

          Vivian L. Medinilla Judge.

         AND NOW TO WIT, this 5th day of November 2019, upon consideration of Defendant Juan Colon's ("Defendant") Motion for Modification of Sentence, the sentence imposed upon the Defendant, and the record in this case, it appears to the Court that:

         1. On October 3, 2012, J. Babiarz Jr. sentenced Defendant to eight years at Level V, suspended after five years for one year at Level III, for violating probation on a 2007 charge of Trafficking Cocaine.[1] On May 1, 2013, Defendant pled guilty to Drug Dealing Tier 1 with an Aggravating Factor.[2] On July 5, 2013, Defendant was declared a habitual offender pursuant to 11 Del. C. § 4241(a) and was sentenced to a minimum mandatory of two years Level V incarceration.[3]

         2. On August 12, 2019, Defendant asked this Court to modify his sentence under Rule 35(b).[4] Defendant requests this Court to modify/reduce his sentence by awarding "time served" and providing "discharge from Level 3 probation."[5] In support of his motion, Defendant states the following grounds for relief: (1) "time served" - Defendant argues that he was sentenced to one year at Level III and has completed that sentence; (2) "conditional release" - Defendant argues that his conditional release was affected by his 11 Del. C. § 4216(b)[6] sentence, and (3) "completion of probation" - Defendant argues that he "has been successful and productive since his release . . . ."[7]

         3. Defendant has made numerous requests to reduce or modify his sentence.[8] Superior Court Criminal Rule 35(b) provides that "[t]he court will not consider repetitive requests for reduction of sentence."[9] Unlike the ninety-day jurisdictional limit with its "extraordinary circumstances" exception, the bar to repetitive motions has no exception. This Court has denied Defendant's requests in 2014 and 2016.[10] Defendant's motion is barred because it is repetitive in nature.

         4. Furthermore, as to Defendant's claims surrounding probation, Defendant's prior time spent on probation was violated, and the time at Level III currently being served does not relate to the probation previously violated. The current term of probation has not been fulfilled. Moreover, as to Defendant's claim surrounding his mandatory minimum sentence, Superior Court Rule of Criminal Procedure 35(b) provides no authority for a reduction or suspension of the mandatory portion of a substantive statutory minimum sentence.[11] As such, the sentence was and remains appropriate for all the reasons stated at the time of sentencing.

         IT IS SO ORDERED that Defendant's Motion for Modification of Sentence is DENIED.

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Notes:

[1] Contested VOP Hearing: Defendant Found in Violation. Sentenced, State of Delaware v. Juan E. Colon, Crim. ID No. 0706006701, D.I. 35 (Del. Super. Oct. 3, 2012).

[2] Case Review Plea Hearing, State of Delaware v. Juan E. Colon, Crim. ID No. 1207022774, D.I. 25 (Del. Super. May 1, 2013). "

[3] Motion to Declare Defendant a Habitual Offender Granted, State of Delaware v. Juan E. Colon, Crim. ID No. 1207022774, D.I. 29 (Del. Super. July 05, 2013).

[4] Defendant's Motion for Modification, State of Delaware v. Juan E. Colon, Crim. ID No. 1207022774, D.I. 46 (Aug. 12, 2019) [hereinafter ...


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