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PHILLIP MASON v. STATE OF MARYLAND

Criminal law — Sufficiency of the evidence — Second-degree murder, first-degree assault and gun offenses

On June 18, 2015, a Baltimore City jury convicted Phillip Mason of second-degree murder, use of a firearm in the commission of a crime of violence, first-degree assault, unlawfully transporting, carrying, or wearing a handgun, and illegal possession of a regulated firearm. The court imposed a sentence of 30 years’ imprisonment for second-degree murder; a consecutive term of 20 years’ imprisonment, the first five to be served without the possibility of parole, for the use of a firearm in the commission of a crime of violence; and a consecutive term of five years’ imprisonment for illegal possession of a regulated firearm. The court merged the remaining convictions. Mason filed this timely appeal.

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