William Michael Johnson v. The State of Texas--Appeal from 230th District Court of Harris County

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In The

Court of Appeals

For The

First District of Texas



NO. 01-06-00836-CR









On Appeal from the 230th District Court

Harris County, Texas

Trial Court Cause No. 1041154



Appellant, William Michael Johnson, pleaded guilty to the felony offense of murder with an agreement from the State that his punishment would not exceed confinement for 50 years. The trial court sentenced appellant to confinement for 50 years. Timely pro se notice of appeal was filed. We dismiss for lack of jurisdiction.

Rule 25.2(a)(2) of the Texas Rules of Appellate Procedure provides that, in a plea-bargained case in which the punishment assessed does not exceed the plea agreement, a defendant may appeal only those matters that were raised by written motion filed and ruled on before trial, or after obtaining the trial court's permission to appeal. Tex. R. App. P. 25.2(a)(2). We held in Threadgill v. State, 120 S.W.3d 871, 872 (Tex. App.--Houston [1st Dist.] 2003, no pet.), that an agreement to a punishment cap is a plea agreement within the meaning of Rule 25.2(a)(2). The Fourteenth Court of Appeals held likewise in Waters v. State, 124 S.W.3d 825, 826 (Tex. App.--Houston [14th Dist.] 2003, pet. ref'd).

The trial court's certification of appellant's right to appeal states that this is a plea-bargained case and appellant has no right to appeal. The record supports the certification. We must dismiss an appeal if the trial court's certification shows there is no right to appeal. See Tex. R. App. P. 25.2(d).

In addition, appellant waived his right to appeal. See Buck v. State, 45 S.W.3d 275, 278 (Tex. App.--Houston [1st Dist.] 2001, no pet.).

Accordingly, we dismiss the appeal for lack of jurisdiction.


Panel consists of Chief Justice Radack, and Justices Jennings and Bland.

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