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CHRISTOPHER D. ALEXANDER v. STATE OF MARYLAND

Criminal procedure — Motion for mistrial –Juror knew defendant

A jury in the Circuit Court for Frederick County convicted Christopher D. Alexander, appellant, of second-degree rape, second-degree assault, possession of phencyclidine (“PCP”), and possession of drug paraphernalia. The court sentenced appellant to a term of 20 years’ imprisonment, all but 10 years suspended, on the conviction for second-degree rape, one year, consecutive, on the conviction for possession of PCP, and one year, consecutive, for possession of drug paraphernalia. The conviction for assault merged into the rape conviction.

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