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JAMES GRANVILLE LAWSON v. STATE OF MARYLAND

Criminal procedure — Jury instruction — Hearsay testimony

A jury in the Circuit Court for Anne Arundel County convicted James Lawson, appellant, of one count of illegal possession of a regulated firearm. He was sentenced, thereafter, to a term of five years’ imprisonment without the possibility of parole. In this appeal, appellant presents the following questions for our review:

1. Did the trial court err in allowing three police officers to testify that they responded to a call that a handgun had been found at the motel where Appellant was staying?

2. Did the trial court err in refusing to give a limiting instruction related to the testimony of the three police officers?

3. Did the trial court err in permitting a firearms examiner to testify as a lay witness regarding the handgun allegedly possessed by Appellant?

4. Did the trial court impose an illegal sentence?

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