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EDWARD THOMPSON, A/K/A EDWARD EUGENE SHANE v. STATE OF MARYLAND

Criminal procedure — Closing argument by state — Prior convictions

Appellant, Edward Thompson, was convicted by a jury in the Circuit Court for Prince George’s County of one count each of first degree burglary, third degree burglary, attempted burglary, and theft. The court sentenced appellant to serve twenty years of incarceration, all but fifteen years suspended, on the charge of first degree burglary and merged appellant’s remaining convictions for the purposes of sentencing.

In his timely filed appeal, appellant raises three questions for our consideration:

1. Did the trial court abuse its discretion by allowing the State to cross-examine [appellant] about prior convictions without making the proper determinations about their admissibility?

2. Did the trial court commit plain error by failing to instruct jurors that [appellant’s] convictions could only be used for impeachment purposes?

3. Did the prosecutor make improper closing arguments about [appellant’s] prior convictions, which constituted plain error?

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