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Criminal procedure — Illegal sentence — Merger of rape and sexual offense

On October 4, 2007, a jury in the Circuit Court for Anne Arundel County convicted Chauncey Antonio Hill, the appellant, of child abuse, second-degree rape, and third-degree sexual offense. The offenses were committed between 1981 and 1986. On December 6, 2007, the court sentenced Hill to 15 years for child abuse, a consecutive ten years for second-degree rape, and a consecutive five years for third-degree sexual offense.

On January 15, 2014, Hill filed a motion to correct illegal sentence, challenging his sentences for second-degree rape and third-degree sexual offense. The State filed an opposition. On February 6, 2014, the court entered an order denying Hill’s motion. Hill filed a timely notice of appeal. We condense and rephrase Hill’s issues into a single question: Did the circuit court err in denying Hill’s motion to correct illegal sentence?

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