Stover v. State (Majority)Annotate this Case
Defendant was convicted for sexually grooming a child, two counts of sexual assault in the first degree, sexual assault in the second degree, and rape. Defendant received life sentences without parole for each of his first-degree sexual assault convictions and for his rape conviction. Defendant appealed, arguing that the circuit court violated his due process rights by allowing an ex post facto application of the habitual offender ranges with regard to his life sentences. The State asserted that Defendant’s ex post facto argument was being raised for the first time on appeal and that it was, therefore, not preserved for review. The Supreme Court agreed and affirmed without addressing the merits of Defendant’s argument on appeal.