Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Summary 2012 WY 54

Summary of Decision April 11, 2012

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Docket Number: No. S-11-0204


Appeal from the District Court of Albany County, Honorable Jeffrey A. Donnell, Judge

Representing Appellant (Plaintiff/Defendant): Diane M. Lozano, State Public Defender; Tina N. Olson, Appellate Counsel.

Representing Appellee (Plaintiff/Defendant): Gregory A. Phillips, Attorney General; David L. Delicath, Deputy Attorney General; D. Michael Pauling, Senior Assistant Attorney General; Stewart M. Young, Director, Joshua B. Taylor, Student Director, and Callan E. Riedel, Student Intern, Prosecution Assistance Program, University of Wyoming, College of Law.

Date of Decision: April 11, 2012

Facts: Pursuant to a plea agreement, David Kenneth Mercer pleaded no contest to three felony counts of sexual abuse of a minor. After he was sentenced, Mr. Mercer appealed, asserting that the prosecutor breached the plea agreement.

Issues: Mr. Mercer presented one issue: Did the State breach its plea agreement at sentencing when it misstated facts and argued for a harsh sentence based on Mr. Mercer’s alleged failure to accept personal responsibility?

Holdings: The Court found no breach of the agreement and affirmed.

Justice Burke delivered the opinion for the court.

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