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RONALD BROOKS, SR. v. STATE OF MARYLAND

Criminal procedure — Writ of actual innocence — Abuse of discretion

In 2011, a jury in the Circuit Court for Baltimore City convicted Ronald M. Brooks, appellant, of first-degree assault, use of a handgun in the commission of a crime of violence, reckless endangerment, shooting and discharging a handgun of unknown caliber, and wearing, carrying, or transporting a handgun. The jury found him not guilty of attempted murder. The court sentenced him to a total term of 20 years’ imprisonment. On appeal, this Court vacated the sentences as to reckless endangerment and wearing, carrying, or transporting a handgun, but otherwise affirmed the judgments. Brooks v. State, No. 931, September Term, 2011 (Md. App. October 19, 2012). In 2018, Mr. Brooks, representing himself, filed a petition for writ of actual innocence. Following a hearing, the circuit court denied relief. Mr. Brooks appeals. Because we …

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