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State v. Quarterman

Court of Appeals of Ohio, Ninth District

August 21, 2013

STATE OF OHIO, Appellee
v.
ALEXANDER QUARTERMAN, Appellant

APPEAL FROM JUDGMENT ENTERED IN THE COURT OF COMMON PLEAS COUNTY OF SUMMIT, OHIO CASE No. CR 12 02 0303.

AMANDA J. POWELL, Assistant State Public Defender, for Appellant.

SHERRI BEVAN WALSH, Prosecuting Attorney, and RICHARD S. KASAY, Assistant Prosecuting Attorney, for Appellee.

DECISION AND JOURNAL ENTRY

HENSAL, Judge.

(¶1} Alexander Quarterman appeals a judgment of the Summit County Common Pleas Court convicting him of aggravated robbery. For the following reasons, this Court affirms.

I.

(¶2} A group of friends were playing cards when Mr. Quarterman robbed them at gunpoint. The victims filed criminal complaints against him in juvenile court, alleging that he was delinquent for committing acts that constitute aggravated robbery. Because of the nature of the offenses, the juvenile court was required by statute to transfer the case to adult court. The Grand Jury subsequently indicted Mr. Quarterman for three counts of aggravated robbery, each with a firearm specification. Pursuant to a plea agreement, Mr. Quarterman pled guilty to one count of aggravated robbery and the associated firearm specification. The trial court sentenced him to four years imprisonment. Mr. Quarterman has appealed, assigning four errors.

II.

ASSIGNMENT OF ERROR I
THE JUVENILE COURT ERRED WHEN IT TRANSFERRED ALEXANDER QUARTERMAN'S CASE TO ADULT COURT BECAUSE THE MANDATORY TRANSFER PROVISIONS IN R.C. 2152.10(A)(2)(b) AND R.C. 2152.12(A)(1)(b) ARE UNCONSTITUTIONAL IN VIOLATION OF A CHILD'S RIGHT TO DUE PROCESS AS GUARANTEED BY THE FOURTEENTH AMENDMENT TO THE UNITED STATES CONSTITUTION AND ARTICLE I, SECTION 16 OF THE OHIO CONSTITUTION.
ASSIGNMENT OF ERROR II
THE JUVENILE COURT ERRED WHEN IT TRANSFERRED ALEXANDER QUARTERMAN'S CASE TO ADULT COURT BECAUSE THE MANDATORY TRANSFER PROVISIONS IN R.C. 2152.10(A)(2)(b) AND R.C. 2152.12(A)(1)(b) VIOLATE A CHILD'S RIGHT TO EQUAL PROTECTION AS GUARANTEED BY THE FOURTEENTH AMENDMENT TO THE UNITED STATES CONSTITUTION AND ARTICLE 1, SECTION 2 OF THE OHIO CONSTITUTION.
ASSIGNMENT OF ERROR III
THE JUVENILE COURT ERRED WHEN IT TRANSFERRED ALEXANDER QUARTERMAN'S CASE TO ADULT COURT BECAUSE THE MANDATORY TRANSFER PROVISIONS IN R.C. 2152.10(A)(2)(b) AND R.C. 2152.12(A)(1)(b) VIOLATE THE PROHIBITION AGAINST CRUEL AND UNUSUAL PUNISHMENTS AS GUARANTEED BY THE EIGHTH AND FOURTEENTH AMENDMENTS TO THE ...

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