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LARRY ENNIS v. STATE OF MARYLAND

Criminal procedure — Illegal sentence — Separate sentences for conspiracy

On April 1, 2015, Larry Ennis, appellant, was attending a party in Salisbury, Maryland, with several friends when a verbal altercation between Ennis’s group and another group occurred. Ennis’s group eventually left the party and later met an acquaintance of theirs, Jarrett Stokes, in the parking lot of an IHOP. After meeting with Stokes, the group drove back to the party, at which point Stokes fired a handgun into a large group of people that had gathered outside of the party, killing Rakim Russell.

Ennis, Stokes, and other members of the group were arrested in the months following the shooting. Ennis was charged with fourteen counts stemming from his involvement in the shooting. Following a jury trial in the Circuit Court for Wicomico County, Ennis was convicted of first-degree murder and various related offenses. This appeal followed.

Ennis presents five questions for our review:

1. Did the trial court err in admitting hearsay evidence?

2. Did the trial court err in restricting defense counsel’s cross examination of Marquel Pinder?

3. Did the trial court err in imposing four separate sentences for conspiracy?

4. Did the trial court err in failing to merge firearm and handgun counts?

5. Did the trial court err in sentencing Appellant for carrying a concealed handgun?

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