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DENNIS A. RIVAS-MEMBRENO v. STATE OF MARYLAND

Criminal procedure — Motion to suppress evidence — Location of cell phone towers

Following a jury trial in the Circuit Court for Montgomery County, appellant, Dennis A. Rivas-Membreno (“Rivas-Membreno”), was convicted of two counts of robbery with a dangerous weapon, three counts of false imprisonment, conspiracy to commit robbery with a dangerous weapon, inducing false testimony, witness intimidation, solicitation of witness intimidation, and obstruction of justice. On August 21, 2014, Rivas-Membreno was sentenced to a total of thirty years’ incarceration.

On appeal, Rivas-Membreno presents two issues for our review, which we rephrase as follows:

1. Whether the trial court erred in admitting evidence relied upon by an expert, regarding the locations of cell phone towers.

2. Whether the trial court erred in failing to merge Rivas-Membreno’s sentences for witness intimidation, solicitation of witness intimidation, and inducing false testimony, with his sentence for obstruction of justice.

Read the opinion here: