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Criminal law — Sufficiency of the evidence — Possession and use of handgun and assault

Appellant, Derwin L. Waldron, was convicted after a bench trial in the Circuit Court for Baltimore City of three counts of using a handgun in a crime of violence (Md. Code (Repl. Vol. 2012), § 4-204 of the Criminal Law Article (“Crim. Law”)), one count of possessing a handgun (Crim. Law § 4-203), two counts of second degree assault (Crim. Law § 3-203), and one count of first degree assault (Crim. Law § 3-202). Appellant was sentenced to ten years of incarceration (suspend all but five years without parole) and three years of supervised probation for one count of using a handgun in a crime of violence, two concurrent five year sentences without parole for each of the remaining counts of using a handgun in a crime of violence; and concurrent suspended sentences on all remaining counts.

Appellant appeals and presents two questions for our review: [I.] Was the evidence insufficient to sustain appellant’s convictions? [II.] Did the [circuit] court err in failing to satisfy [Md.] Rule 4-246(b)’s announcement requirement, and in denying appellant’s motion for a new trial?

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