McGuyton v. GeorgiaAnnotate this Case
Appellant James McGuyton, Jr., faced multiple charges, including murder, relating to the November 22, 2012, shooting death of Kenneth Seek, Jr. As a result of the State’s filing of a recidivist notice, appellant was facing a mandatory sentence of life without parole if convicted. On the eve of trial, appellant entered negotiated guilty pleas, pursuant to "Alford," to the separately indicted charges of murder and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon. He was sentenced to life imprisonment with the possibility of parole. Ten days after the trial court entered conviction on the guilty pleas, appellant filed a pro se motion to withdraw the pleas. After a hearing on that motion, at which appellant was represented by new counsel, the motion was denied. Finding no error in the trial court’s conclusion that the plea was voluntary, and that appellant’s claim of ineffective assistance of counsel was meritless, the Supreme Court affirmed.