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STATE OF MARYLAND v. JAMES REID

Criminal procedure — Illegal sentence — Request for new hearing

In 2005, James Reid was convicted by a jury, in the Circuit Court for Baltimore City, of attempted first degree murder, use of a handgun in a crime of violence, illegal possession of a regulated firearm, and related offenses. The court subsequently sentenced Reid to life imprisonment for the attempted murder, a concurrent 20 years for the use of a handgun, and a consecutive 5 years for the illegal possession of a regulated firearm. In 2012, Reid filed a petition for post-conviction relief. Reid initially requested a new trial, but subsequently withdrew that request and requested a new sentencing hearing.

The postconviction court granted that request. The State then filed an application for leave to appeal, claiming that the post-conviction court abused its discretion in so ruling.

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