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STATE OF NORTH CAROLINA v. GARY LEE LAWRENCE, JR.

No. 457PA04

FILED 7 APRIL 2006

    On discretionary review pursuant to N.C.G.S. § 7A-31 of a unanimous decision of the Court of Appeals, 165 N.C. App. 548, 599 S.E.2d 87 (2004), reversing in part and finding no error in part in judgments entered 9 July 2002 by Judge Jerry R. Tillett in Superior Court, Camden County. On 29 August 2005, defendant filed a motion for appropriate relief in this Court. Heard in the Supreme Court 16 November 2005.
    Roy Cooper, Attorney General, by Amy C. Kunstling, Assistant Attorney General, for the State-appellant.

     Thomas K. Maher for defendant-appellee.

    PER CURIAM.

    For the reasons stated in State v. Markeith R. Lawrence, ____ N.C. ____, ____ S.E.2d _____ (2006), we reverse the decision of the Court of Appeals as to defendant's seven convictions for second-degree sexual offense. However, the portion of the Court of Appeals opinion finding no error in nine of defendant's convictions as specified in that opinion remains undisturbed. Pursuant to Blakely v. Washington, 542 U.S. 296, 159 L. Ed. 2d 403 (2004) and State v. Allen, 359 N.C. 425, 615 S.E.2d 256 (2005), defendant's case is remanded to the Court of Appeals for further remand to the trial court for resentencing consistent with Blakely and Allen.

    REVERSED IN PART AND REMANDED.
    Justice TIMMONS-GOODSON did not participate in the consideration or decision of this case.

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