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Woodfolk v. Maynard

United States District Court, D. Maryland

November 24, 2014

COREY L. WOODFOLK, Petitioner,
v.
GARY D. MAYNARD, et al., Respondents.

MEMORANDUM

J. FREDERICK MOTZ, District Judge.

Pursuant to this court's memorandum and order of June 2, 2014, respondents have supplemented the limited response to the above-captioned petition for writ of habeas corpus. ECF 18. Petitioner has filed a reply. ECF 20. The court finds a hearing unnecessary. See Rule 8(a), Rules Governing Section 2254 Cases in the United States District Courts and Local Rule 105.6 (D. Md. 2011); see also Fisher v. Lee, 215 F.3d 438, 455 (4th Cir. 2000) (petitioner not entitled to a hearing under 28 U.S.C. §2254(e)(2)).

Background

Petitioner challenges his November 12, 2008 conviction in the Circuit Court for Baltimore City on charges of attempted murder and use of a handgun in the commission of a crime of violence. After entering a plea of guilty, petitioner was sentenced to serve 10 years all suspended but five years; five years concurrent; and five years of supervised probation. ECF 1.

The procedural background that is relevant to the issue now pending before the court is as follows:

[P]etitioner was originally convicted on March 4, 1988. ECF 5 at Ex. 2, pp. 1-3. On that date he was sentenced to the term as set forth in the petition; he did not appeal the entry of his guilty plea or the sentence imposed. Id. On June 3, 1988, petitioner filed a motion for reduction or modification of the sentence and was granted a hearing which was held on October 27, 1988. Id. at Ex. 1, p. 3. At that hearing petitioner was granted a new trial at which he entered another guilty plea. Id. at Ex. 2. After accepting his guilty plea the court sentenced petitioner to serve fifteen years in prison for attempted murder with all but eighteen months suspended, a five year period of probation, and a concurrent term of eighteen months for the handgun offense.[1] Id. Petitioner did not appeal following this proceeding, making the conviction final for direct appeal purposes on November 26, 1988, after the thirty day period for filing an appeal expired.
After petitioner was sentenced to serve a federal sentence, he was charged with a violation of probation in the state case. On December 8, 1994, petitioner pled guilty to a violation of probation and was sentenced to serve three years of the suspended portion of the sentence imposed for attempted murder which was made consecutive to the federal sentence. Petitioner did not appeal the revocation of his probation. Id. at Ex. 1 and 2.
On February 1, 1995, petitioner filed for post-conviction relief; the petition was withdrawn without prejudice on July 14, 1995. ECF 5 at Ex. 1, p. 5. A second petition for post-conviction relief was filed on June 25, 1998, and was denied on November 9, 2000. Id. at pp. 5-7. A subsequent application for leave to appeal the post-conviction court's decision was denied summarily by the Court of Special Appeals in an unreported decision dated October 12, 2001. The mandate issued on November 13, 2001. Id. at Ex. 3.
On August 8, 2005, petitioner moved to reopen post-conviction proceedings; the motion was denied on September 7, 2005. ECF 5 at Ex. 1, p. 8. An application for leave to appeal the denial of the motion to reopen was denied by the Court of Special Appeals by mandate dated January 30, 2006. Id. Also in January of 2006, petitioner filed a motion to correct an illegal sentence, alleging that the October 10, 1988 guilty plea and sentence was illegal as a matter of law. The motion to correct illegal sentence was denied by the Circuit Court, but the decision was later reversed on June 6, 2007, by the Court of Special Appeals.
The appellate court held that the circuit court lacked the authority to grant a new trial in October of 1988 because the motion for modification was untimely for purposes of granting a new trial.[2] The circuit court's order granting a new trial and imposing a new sentence was therefore vacated. The case was remanded for consideration of petitioner's originally filed motion for modification of sentence.[3] The court's mandate issued on July 6, 2007; no further appellate review was sought regarding this decision. ECF 5 at Ex. 2.
Pursuant to the remand ordered by the Court of Special Appeals, a hearing was held on November 12, 2008. ECF 5 at Ex. 4. At the hearing petitioner's motion for modification of sentence was granted with respect to correcting the sentence for the handgun offense, making it concurrent with the attempted murder sentence. The state sentence was made consecutive to the federal term petitioner was then serving. Id. at Ex. 4.
On January 20, 2009, following the denial of his motion for modification, petitioner sought post-conviction relief. The Circuit Court found that the claims raised in the petition for post-conviction relief were waived because petitioner had not filed an application for leave to appeal his original plea and denied relief. ECF 5 at Ex. 5. Petitioner filed an application for leave to appeal the post-conviction court's ruling with the Court of Special Appeals which was denied on January 26, 2012. Id. at Ex. 6. On July 9, 2013, petitioner's motion for reconsideration was denied by the appellate court and the mandate issued. Id.

ECF 12 at pp. 2-4.

This court required further briefing by the parties to address the applicability of Wall v. Kohli, 131 S.Ct. 1278 (2011) to the facts at bar. Id. at p. 7. In Kohli, the Supreme Court considered whether a motion to reduce sentence filed pursuant to Rhode Island law operated to toll the one-year limitation period for filing a federal habeas petition within the meaning of 28 U.S.C. §2244(d)(2). The Court held that "the phrase collateral review' in §2244(d)(2) means judicial review of a judgment in a proceeding that is not part of direct review." Kohli, 131 ...


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