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THOMAS McNEIL v. STATE OF MARYLAND

Thomas McNeil, appellant, was convicted by a jury in the Circuit Court for Baltimore City of distribution of a controlled dangerous substance (CDS), possession of CDS with intent to distribute, and possession of CDS. The court imposed the following sentences: 25 years without the possibility of parole for the conviction of distribution of CDS; and 25 years, concurrent, without the possibility of parole, for the conviction of possession of CDS with intent to distribute.

On appeal, appellant presents the following three questions for our review:

1. Did the circuit court abuse its discretion in denying appellant’s request for a continuance, and thereafter err in granting the State’s motion in limine to preclude examination of a law enforcement witness on an unrelated investigation?

2. Did the circuit court err in imposing two separate sentences of 25 years without the possibility of parole?

3. Did the circuit court err in failing to merge appellant’s conviction for possession of a controlled dangerous substance with the intent to distribute into his conviction for distribution of a controlled dangerous substance for sentencing purposes?

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