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JOSEPH MICHAEL EVANS v. STATE OF MARYLAND

Criminal procedure — Writ of actual innocence — Guilty plea

In 1982, appellant, Joseph Michael Evans, pleaded guilty to first-degree felony murder and was sentenced to life imprisonment. In 2014, he filed a petition for a writ of actual innocence pursuant to the provisions of Md. Code (2001, 2008 Repl. Vol., 2015 Supp.), § 8-301 of the Criminal Procedure Article (“C.P.”), and Md. Rule 4-332, alleging newly discovered evidence that created a substantial or significant possibility that the result may have been different, i.e. that he would not have pleaded guilty.

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