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JAMES RANDALL JORDAN, JR. v. STATE OF MARYLAND

Criminal procedure — Illegal sentence — Ambiguity regarding duration

This appeal is from an Order of the Circuit Court for Harford County denying a motion to correct an illegal sentence filed by appellant, James Jordan, Jr. On March 15, 2010, appellant entered pleas of guilty in six separate criminal cases as part of what the circuit court judge called a “package deal.” On May 3, 2010, the court imposed consecutive sentences in each of the six cases, that, when added together totaled 31.5 years of imprisonment with all but 10 years suspended. Nevertheless, immediately after announcing those individual sentences, the court summarized its sentence by saying: “So that the total in all cases is 26 and a half years, suspend all but 10 years.”

This case turns on whether the court’s seemingly conflicting statements about the duration of appellant’s sentence created an ambiguity such that appellant’s sentence is subject to correction under Md. Rule 4-345.

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