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Pursuant to a negotiated plea agreement, Appellant Mario Scott pled nolo contendere to first-degree murder. Appellant subsequently filed a petition for postconviction relief, alleging ineffective assistance of counsel and asserting that the trial court was without jurisdiction to sentence him because it violated his due-process and Sixth Amendment rights. The circuit court denied the petition without a hearing. The Supreme Court affirmed, holding that the trial court did not err in denying relief where (1) Appellant did not establish prejudice based on his counsel's alleged error; (2) Appellant's claim that the trial court was without jurisdiction to impose a sentence following his guilty plea was not cognizable in a petition for postconviction relief; and (3) the trial court did not err in failing to hold an evidentiary hearing on the ineffective-assistance claims.