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KATRINA SHANEKA HARRIS v. STATE OF MARYLAND

Criminal procedure — Illegal sentence — Plea agreement

In 2015, Katrina Harris, appellant, was charged in the Circuit Court for Carroll County in a 20-count indictment with robbery and related offenses following a bank robbery. Harris did not enter the bank, but served as the get-away driver and, hence was deemed an accomplice or principal in the second degree. In July 2016, she pleaded guilty to two counts of robbery with a deadly weapon, use of a handgun in the commission of a crime of violence, and possession of a regulated firearm after having been convicted of a crime of violence, and was sentenced to a total term of twenty years’ imprisonment, without the possibility of parole.

On May 10, 2017, the post-conviction court granted Harris a new trial after determining that the transcript of the plea hearing supported her claim that she had not been advised of the nature of the offenses to which she had pleaded guilty. Pursuant to a new plea agreement, Harris then pleaded guilty to two counts of robbery with a deadly weapon and two counts of use of a handgun in the commission of a crime of violence. Before accepting the plea, the court examined Harris and concluded that she was entering the plea knowingly and voluntarily and, as relevant here, that she understood the sentencing terms of the agreement.

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