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Defendant pleaded guilty to one count of murder in the second degree. Before he was sentenced, Defendant filed a motion to withdraw plea, arguing that his plea was not entered knowingly, intelligently, or voluntarily because he felt pressured by his public defender and interpreter to plead guilty. The circuit court denied the motion and sentenced Defendant to life imprisonment with the possibility of parole. The intermediate court of appeals (ICA) affirmed. The Supreme Court vacated the ICA’s judgment on appeal and the circuit court’s judgment of conviction and sentence, holding that the circuit court abused its discretion in denying Defendant’s motion to withdraw his plea, as the record did not establish that Defendant knowingly, intelligently and voluntarily entered his plea with an understanding of the nature of the charge against him and the consequences of his plea.