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GENESIS COLLINS v. STATE OF MARYLAND

After a jury trial in the Circuit Court for Baltimore City, Genesis Collins, appellant, was convicted of involuntary manslaughter, first and second-degree assault, and reckless endangerment. He was sentenced to incarceration for a term of 15 years for first-degree assault and a concurrent term of 10 years for involuntary manslaughter. The convictions for second-degree assault and reckless endangerment merged with the conviction for first-degree assault for sentencing purposes. This timely appeal followed.

The sole question presented for our consideration is:

Did the trial court err in not merging appellant’s conviction for first-degree assault into his conviction for involuntary manslaughter or, alternatively, did the trial court err in not merging his conviction for involuntary manslaughter into his first-degree assault conviction?

For the reasons set forth below, we shall hold that appellant’s sentence for involuntary manslaughter should have merged into his sentence for first-degree assault.

Read the unreported opinion.