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CHARLES L. HICKS, JR. v. STATE OF MARYLAND

Criminal procedure — Sentence modification — Justice Reinvestment Act

On March 13, 2014, Charles L. Hicks, Jr., appellant, pleaded guilty to distribution of a controlled dangerous substance (“CDS”) in the Circuit Court for Harford County pursuant to a three-party binding guilty plea agreement. The court sentenced appellant, as a subsequent offender, to twenty-five years’ imprisonment to be served without the possibility of parole.

In 2016, the Maryland General Assembly enacted, and the Governor signed, the Justice Reinvestment Act (“JRA”). Among other things, the JRA eliminated certain mandatory minimum sentences for persons convicted as subsequent offenders of certain drug offenses.

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