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State v. Sanchez

Court of Appeals of Ohio, Third District, Defiance

September 5, 2017

STATE OF OHIO, PLAINTIFF-APPELLEE,
v.
JESSE SANCHEZ, DEFENDANT-APPELLANT.

         Appeal from Defiance County Common Pleas Court Trial Court No. 15-CR-12341

          Jesse Sanchez, Appellant

          Russell R. Herman for Appellee

          OPINION

          WILLAMOWKSI, J.

         {¶1} Although originally placed on our accelerated calendar, we have elected pursuant to Loc.R. 12(5) to issue a full opinion in lieu of a summary judgment entry. Defendant-appellant Jesse Sanchez ("Sanchez") brings this appeal from the judgment of the Court of Common Pleas of Defiance County denying his motion to withdraw his guilty plea. For the reasons set forth below, the judgment is affirmed.

         {¶2} On August 13, 2015, Sanchez was indicted on six counts: 1) Trafficking in Cocaine in violation of R.C. 2925.03(A)(1), (C)(4)(e), a felony of the second degree; 2) Permitting Drug Abuse in violation of R.C. 2925.13(A), a felony of the fifth degree; 3) Trafficking in Cocaine in violation of R.C. 2925.03(A)(1), (C)(4)(f), a felony of the first degree; 4) Trafficking in Cocaine in violation of R.C. 2925.03(A)(1), (C)(4)(f), a felony of the first degree; 5) Trafficking in Cocaine in violation of R.C. 2925.03(A)(1), (C)(4)(g), a felony of the first degree; and 6) Engaging in a Pattern of Corrupt Activity in violation of R.C. 2923.32(A)(1), (B)(1), a felony of the first degree. Doc. 1. On August 9, 2016, a pre-trial hearing was held in which Sanchez withdrew his not guilty pleas as to counts one, three, four, five, and six. Doc. 36. Sanchez then entered pleas of guilty to those offenses. Id. Count two of the indictment and the major drug offender specification set forth in count five were dismissed. Id. The trial court then sentenced Sanchez to an aggregate prison term of 14 years. Id. The judgment entry regarding this ruling was filed on September 6, 2016. Id.

          {¶3} On October 31, 2016, Sanchez filed a notice of appeal from the judgment entry of conviction filed on September 19, 2016.[1] An attorney was subsequently appointed for the purpose of appeal and a second notice of appeal was filed on November 17, 2016. Doc. 48. The appeal was dismissed and counsel was permitted to withdraw pursuant to Anders v. California, 386 U.S. 738, 87 S.Ct. 1396, 18 L.Ed.2d 493 (1967).

         {¶4} On April 4, 2017, Sanchez filed a motion to withdraw his guilty plea. Doc. 52. The motion was based upon Sanchez's claim that he could not have been sentenced on first degree felonies of cocaine because the lab report did not provide the exact amount of cocaine, only the mixture. Id. On May 3, 2017, the trial court denied the motion. Doc. 53. Sanchez filed his notice of appeal on June 8, 2017. Doc. 56. On appeal, Sanchez raises two assignments of error.

         First Assignment of Error

         The trial court violated [Sanchez's] United States Fourteenth Amendment rights of Due Process of Law when it erred in denying his motion to withdraw [his] guilty plea.

         Second Assignment of Error

         [Sanchez's] United States Fourteenth Amendment rights were violated when he was sentenced for first and second degree felonies but the evidence only supports a conviction and sentence of fifth degree felonies.

          {¶5} In both of the assignments of error, Sanchez argues that the trial court erred in denying his motion to withdraw his guilty plea. "A motion to withdraw a plea of guilty or no contest may be made only before sentence is imposed; but to correct manifest injustice the court after sentence may set aside the judgment of conviction and permit the defendant to withdraw his or her plea. Crim.R. 32.1.

         When a trial court reviews a motion to withdraw a guilty plea, it decides, based upon the allegations in appellant's motion, whether to hold an evidentiary hearing on the motion. Generally, a hearing on a postsentence motion to withdraw a plea "is required if the facts alleged by the defendant and accepted as true would require the court to permit that plea to be withdrawn." State v. Hamed (1989), 63 Ohio App.3d 5, 7, 5 ...


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