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RYHEEME ROBERT WOOD v. STATE OF MARYLAND

Criminal procedure — Illegal sentence — Lack of notice

In 2015, a jury sitting in the Circuit Court for Washington County convicted appellant, Ryheeme Robert Wood, of illegal possession of a regulated firearm, illegal possession of ammunition, and wearing, carrying, and transporting a handgun in a vehicle on a public highway. The court sentenced Mr. Wood to 15 years’ imprisonment, all but 12 years suspended, with the first five years without the possibility of parole, for the illegal possession of a firearm offense and to lesser concurrent terms for the other two convictions. This Court affirmed the judgments. Wood v. State, No. 2254, September Term, 2015 (filed February 22, 2017). In 2018, Mr. Wood filed a motion to correct an illegal sentence pursuant to Md. Rule 4-345(a) in which he asserted that the court erred in ordering that the first five years of his sentence be served without the possibility of parole because the State had not provided advance notice of its intent to seek the mandatory minimum sentence. The circuit court denied the motion. We shall …

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