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DERRICK JEROME CROWDER v. STATE OF MARYLAND

Criminal procedure — Illegal sentence — Cruel and unusual

Derrick Crowder, appellant, was convicted by a jury in the Circuit Court for Prince George’s County of armed robbery and related offenses. As discussed in more detail, infra, the court sentenced appellant to 25 years’ imprisonment. On appeal, appellant presents several questions for this Court’s review, which we have consolidated and rephrased slightly, as follows:

1. Did the circuit court err in admitting into evidence two documents bearing appellant’s name? 2. Should appellant’s sentences for wearing, carrying, or transporting a handgun on his person and for wearing, carrying, or knowingly transporting a handgun in a vehicle merge with his sentence for use of a handgun in the commission of a violent crime? 3. Did the court improperly increase the sentence for possession of a regulated firearm after appellant left the courtroom? 4. Is appellant’s sentence of 25 years without parole on the armed robbery conviction cruel and unusual punishment?

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