Porchia v. State (Per Curiam)Annotate this Case
After a jury trial, Petitioner was found guilty of four counts of delivery of a controlled substance within 1,000 feet of a church. The court of appeals affirmed. Seventy-two days after the court of appeals’ mandate had been issued, Petitioner filed a pro se petition for postconviction relief pursuant to Ark. R. Crim. P. 37.1. The trial court dismissed the petition on the ground that it had not been timely filed. Seventy-three days after the dismissal of the Rule 37.1 petition, Petitioner filed a petition for review. The trial court denied the petition for review. Petitioner filed a notice of appeal more than thirty days of the date his Rule 37.1 petition was dismissed and now sought leave to proceed with a belated appeal. The Supreme Court denied the motion, holding that Petitioner failed to demonstrate good cause for his failure to file a timely notice of appeal.