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TYREL JAVONTE ADAMS v. STATE OF MARYLAND

Criminal law — Sufficiency of the evidence — Robbery, use of firearm, assault and theft

On February 14, 2018, a jury in the Circuit Court for Charles County convicted Tyrel Javonte Adams, appellant, of the following crimes: robbery with a dangerous weapon; using a firearm in the commission of a crime of violence; first-degree assault; robbery; theft in an amount under $1,000.00; illegal possession of a shotgun; conspiracy to commit robbery with a dangerous weapon; conspiracy to commit first-degree assault; and conspiracy to commit robbery. Adams’ convictions arose from an armed robbery that he committed on April 18, 2017. Adams now challenges his convictions and presents the following questions for our review: 1. Was the evidence insufficient to support the convictions? 2. Did the trial court err in admitting a prior statement of the State’s primary witness? 3. Did the trial court err and/or abuse its discretion in admitting a record of [Adams’] phone calls to the spouse of an alleged co-conspirator? 4. Did the trial court err in admitting Detective Gregory’s statement about the relationship between two individuals connected to the case? 5. Did the trial court impose an illegal sentence? For the reasons presented below, we answer Adams’ first four questions in …

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