STATE OF NORTH CAROLINA
v. Cabarrus County
Nos. 97 CRS 9849-50,
STANLEY LORENZO WILLIAMS, 97 CRS 10872
Attorney General Roy Cooper, by Assistant Attorney General
Christopher W. Brooks, for the State.
Haakon Thorsen for defendant-appellant.
Pursuant to a plea arrangement, Stanley Lorenzo Williams
(defendant) originally pled guilty on 24 March 1998 to three
offenses (97 CRS 9849, 97 CRS 10692 and 98 CRS 2037) and admitted
his habitual felon status (98 CRS 2930). The State then dismissed
eight charges (97 CRS 9609-13, 97 CRS 9850, 97 CRS 10693 and 98 CR
2023) and two habitual felon indictments (97 CRS 10872-73). The
trial court consolidated the offenses for judgment and sentenced
defendant as an habitual felon to a mitigated term of 84 to 110
months imprisonment. Defendant subsequently filed a motion for
appropriate relief seeking to have his guilty plea vacated as
involuntary. In an order entered 19 November 1998, the trial court
vacated the guilty plea and reinstated all charges pending againstdefendant including those which had been dismissed as a consequence
of the guilty plea.
Following a jury trial, defendant was convicted on 26 May 1999 of two offenses (97 CRS 9849-50) and found to be an habitual felon (97 CRS 10872). In 97 CRS 9849, the trial court sentenced defendant as an habitual felon to a term of 116 to 149 months imprisonment. The trial court also sentenced defendant as an habitual felon in 97 CRS 9850 to a second consecutive term of 116 to 149 months imprisonment. Defendant appealed, and this Court found no error on appeal. State v. Williams, 143 N.C. App. 570, 547 S.E.2d 860 (2001) (unpublished).
On 17 August 2005, defendant filed a motion for appropriate relief with the trial court, which was denied on 21 September 2005. Defendant then filed a petition for writ of certiorari with this Court on 28 September 2005. On 18 October 2005, this Court granted defendant's petition for writ of certiorari, allowing defendant to present the issue as to whether his sentences are in violation of N.C. Gen. Stat. § 15A-1335.
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