Farmer v. StateAnnotate this Case
The Court of Appeals affirmed the decision of the court of special appeals affirming the judgment of the circuit court denying Petitioner's motion to correct an illegal sentence, holding that Petitioner's claim did not fall within the category of claims cognizable under Maryland Rule 4-345(a).
In 2002, Petitioner pled guilty to committing two murders when he was seventeen years old and was sentenced to two consecutive life sentences. Citing the Supreme Court's decision in Miller v. Alabama, 567 U.S. 460 (2012), and its progeny, Petitioner asserted that his sentence did not include a "meaningful opportunity to obtain release based on demonstrated maturity and rehabilitation" because Maryland parole laws do not provide a right to State-furnished counsel to assist an inmate during the parole process. The lower courts rejected Petitioner's arguments. The Court of Appeals affirmed, holding that Petitioner's argument that he has a right to State-furnished counsel at a future parole hearing was not cognizable as grounds for a motion to correct an illegal sentence.