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JAMES STEWART BROWN, III v. STATE OF MARYLAND

Criminal law — Sufficiency of the evidence — Crime of violence

On November 2, 2016, appellant, James Stewart Brown III, pled guilty to one count of sexual abuse of a minor in the Circuit Court for Calvert County. Pursuant to a plea agreement, he was sentenced to twenty years, with all but ten years suspended, and five years of supervised probation. He subsequently filed a motion for appropriate relief on the ground that the evidence was insufficient to find that he committed a crime of violence. Following a hearing, the court denied the motion.

Appellant noted an appeal on April 26, 2017, and raises the following question for our review:

I. Did the circuit court err in denying appellant’s motion for appropriate relief and finding that he committed a crime of violence beyond a reasonable doubt?

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