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Johnny Colquitt pled guilty in 1993 to malice murder, armed robbery, and kidnapping with bodily injury in connection with the shooting death of Shelton Chappell. Colquitt received three life sentences for these crimes, with the sentences for malice murder and kidnapping to run concurrently with each other, and the sentence for armed robbery to run consecutively to the other counts. Twenty-five years later, Colquitt moved “in equity to void plea agreement and in arrest of judgment.” The trial court dismissed this for lack of jurisdiction. Acting pro se, Colquitt appealed. In his argument to the Georgia Supreme Court, he did not address the trial court’s grounds for dismissal. Instead, Colquitt reiterated his contention his conviction should have been vacated, and that his plea was not made voluntarily. Finding no merit to these contentions, the Supreme Court affirmed dismissal.