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Criminal Law Appellate Court Opinion

by Booth, George


AC42348 - State v. Sinchak (Murder; kidnapping in first degree; motion to correct illegal sentence; "The defendant, Anthony Sinchak, appeals from the judgment of the trial court, Hon. Ronald D. Fasano, judge trial referee, denying his motion to correct an illegal sentence, which, he claims, was imposed in violation of his right to due process guaranteed by the fourteenth amendment to the United States constitution. The defendant contends that the trial court improperly rejected his claim that the ninety-six year prison sentence he received in 1995, after a jury found him guilty of murder and kidnapping, was imposed in retaliation for his refusal to forgo a trial and accept a plea deal, offered at a judicial pretrial conference by the judge who conducted the conference, pursuant to which he would be sentenced to a term of imprisonment of thirty years if he agreed to plead guilty to the murder charge. We disagree with the defendant's claim and, accordingly, affirm the judgment of the trial court.")