IN THE COURT OF CRIMINAL APPEALS
EX PARTE RONALD RAY KENNEDY-BROOKS (Other)
EX PARTE RONALD RAY KENNEDY-BROOKS, Applicant
ON APPLICATION FOR A WRIT OF HABEAS CORPUS
CAUSE NO. 007-1863-07 IN THE 7TH DISTRICT COURT
FROM SMITH COUNTY
O P I N I O N
Pursuant to the provisions of Article 11.07 of the Texas Code of Criminal Procedure, the clerk of the trial court transmitted to this Court this application for a writ of habeas corpus. Ex parte Young, 418 S.W.2d 824, 826 (Tex. Crim. App. 1967). Applicant was convicted of burglary of a habitation and sentenced to ten years imprisonment.
Applicant contends that he was denied his right to a direct appeal. He alleges that he tried to inform counsel that he wanted to appeal prior to the deadline to file a notice of appeal, but that due to a delay in the mail system, the letter to his counsel did not arrive in time.
We find that Applicant is entitled to the opportunity to file an out-of-time appeal of the judgment of conviction in Cause No. 007-1863-07 from the Seventh Judicial District Court of Smith County. Ex parte Riley, 193 S.W.3d 900 (Tex. Crim. App. 2006). Applicant is ordered returned to that time at which he may give a written notice of appeal so that he may then, with the aid of counsel, obtain a meaningful appeal. All time limits shall be calculated as if the sentence had been imposed on the date on which the mandate of this Court issues. We hold that, should Applicant desire to prosecute an appeal, he must take affirmative steps to file a written notice of appeal in the trial court within 30 days after the mandate of this Court issues.
Delivered: May 20, 2009
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