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Appellants Julius Thomas and Desmond Nixon were tried jointly and convicted of murder and related offenses in connection with a crime spree that took place over three days in January 2013. Both appellants appealed, arguing that the evidence was insufficient to support their convictions and averring claims of ineffective assistance of counsel. The Supreme Court found no merit to the ineffective assistance claims raised by both Appellants. However, the Court did find error with regard to Nixon’s sentences for three counts of possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony. Therefore, the Court vacated those aspects of Nixon’s sentences. Further, though the evidence was sufficient to support all of Nixon’s criminal convictions and sentences, as well as Thomas’ convictions and sentences as they related to the assault, robbery and battery of Rosendo Bandera, the Court reversed Thomas’ conviction and sentence for the armed robbery and set aside his guilty verdicts for the aggravated assaults of “B.W.” based upon insufficient evidence proving he was a party to those crimes.