Engstrom v. State (Per Curiam)Annotate this Case
Appellant pleaded guilty to the offense of failure to register as a sex offender and was placed on probation for a seventy-two-month period. Appellant’s probation was later revoked, and Appellant was sentenced to thirty-six months of imprisonment. Thereafter, Appellant pleaded guilty to several new crimes and was sentenced to 720 months’ imprisonment. Appellant filed a pro se petition for postconviction relief pursuant to Ark. R. Crim. P. 37.1 seeking to have the judgments in both cases declared void. While Appellant placed both docket numbers on the petition, the allegations contained in it pertained only to his most recent criminal case. The trial court dismissed the petition, concluding that the issues raised in the petition were without merit and that the Rule 37.1 petition was not timely filed. Appellant lodged an appeal from the order and filed motions for extension of time to file his brief. The Supreme Court dismissed the appeal, which rendered moot the motions, holding that, with respect to Appellant’s prior criminal case, the petition was untimely filed, and as regards Appellant’s most recent criminal case, the petition did not state a ground on which relief under Rule 37.1 could be properly granted.