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Second Department: Robbery Sentence Was Exessive

December 22, 2015

In 2012, Jamel Stevens was convicted of first-degree robbery (two counts) and unlawful imprisonment.  After being adjudicated a predicate violent felony offender on the basis of a prior conviction for armed robbery in Maryland, he was sentenced to 25 years in prison.  On appeal, Appellate Advocates succeeded in demonstrating that Mr. Stevens's Maryland conviction did not constitute a "predicate violent felony conviction" for sentencing purposes, and the Second Department vacated his predicate violent felony offender adjudication and remanded the case for resentencing.  

Appellate Advocates represented Mr. Stevens at his resentencing, at which the court imposed a sentence of 22 years, and appealed the court's resentence on the ground that it was excessive. The Second Department reduced the sentence to 17 years.  

Patricia Pazner of Appellate Advocates represented Mr. Stevens in both appeals and at his resentencing.