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WILLIAM JONES v. STATE OF MARYLAND

Criminal procedure — Illegal sentence — Merger of intent to distribute and distribution

Following a jury trial in the Circuit Court for Montgomery County , appellant, William Jones, was convicted of distribution of cocaine and possession with intent to distribute cocaine. The court sentenced appellant to 10 years for distribution of cocaine and 4 years, concurrent, for possession with intent to distribute cocaine.

Appellant’s timely appeal presents three questions for review:

1. Did the trial court err in denying appellant’s motion for a mistrial?

2. Did the trial court err in allowing improper rebuttal closing argument?

3. Did the trial court err in sentencing?

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