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Criminal procedure — Motion for mistrial — Mention of stolen car

On January 7, 2015, Scott Murphy and Jonathan Hradsky reported to the Prince George’s County Police that they had been robbed, at gunpoint, by two men. According to Murphy and Hradsky, the robbers stole from them a home theatre system, their cash, wallets, and cell phones. Approximately eight days later, appellant, Amos Delante Chaney, was arrested for the robbery. In an interview with Prince George’s Detective Thomas Hannon, Chaney said that he knew nothing about the robbery and did not know exactly where he was on the day the robbery was alleged to have occurred.

As a result of the January 7, 2015 incident, Chaney was charged with two counts of robbery with a dangerous weapon, two counts of robbery, two counts of theft, two counts of first-degree assault, two counts of use of a handgun in a crime of violence, one count of possession of a regulated handgun after having been convicted of a disqualifying crime, and conspiracy to commit armed robbery. After a two-day jury trial in the Circuit Court for Prince George’s County, Chaney was convicted of two counts of robbery and two counts of theft. The jury acquitted Chaney of all the remaining counts.

On January 14, 2016, Chaney was sentenced to (fifteen) 15 years’ incarceration with all but seven (7) years suspended for each of the robbery convictions, to be served consecutively. The theft convictions were merged for purposes of sentencing.

In this timely appeal, Chaney raises one question: Did the trial court err in not granting appellant’s motion for mistrial?

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