Jorge Mendoza, Jr. v. The State of Texas Appeal from 426th District Court of Bell County (memorandum opinion)

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TEXAS COURT OF APPEALS, THIRD DISTRICT, AT AUSTIN NO. 03-19-00729-CR Jorge Mendoza, Jr., Appellant v. The State of Texas, Appellee FROM THE 426TH DISTRICT COURT OF BELL COUNTY NO. 64,862, JUDGE FANCY H. JEZEK, JUDGE PRESIDING MEMORANDUM OPINION Appellant Jorge Mendoza, Jr. seeks to appeal his 2010 final judgments of conviction on two felony counts of indecency with a child by sexual contact. See Tex. Penal Code § 22.011. This Court affirmed those convictions in 2013. Mendoza v. State, 03-10-00344CR, 2013 Tex. App. LEXIS 6698, at *11 (Tex. App.—Austin May 24, 2013, pet. ref’d) (mem. op., not designated for publication). Mendoza’s notice of appeal filed October 4, 2019, states that he is seeking an out-of-time appeal for an “illegal” and “void” conviction. However, the proper vehicle for seeking an out-of-time appeal is a writ of habeas corpus from the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals. Portley v. State, 89 S.W.3d 188, 189 (Tex. App.—Texarkana 2002, no pet.); see Tex. Code Crim. Proc. art. 11.07. This Court has no jurisdiction to grant such habeas-corpus relief from a final felony conviction. See Board of Pardons & Paroles ex rel. Keene v. Court of Appeals for Eighth Dist., 910 S.W.2d 481, 483 (Tex. Crim. App. 1995) (“Jurisdiction to grant post conviction habeas corpus relief on a final felony conviction rests exclusively with this Court.”); Ater v. Eighth Court of Appeals, 802 S.W.2d 241, 243 (Tex. Crim. App. 1991) (“We are the only court with jurisdiction in final post-conviction felony proceedings.”); Ex parte Alexander, 685 S.W.2d 57, 60 (Tex. Crim. App. 1985) (“It is well established that only the Court of Criminal Appeals possesses the authority to grant relief in a post-conviction habeas corpus proceeding where there is a final felony conviction.”). Accordingly, we dismiss the appeal for want of jurisdiction. __________________________________________ Jeff Rose, Chief Justice Before Chief Justice Rose, Justices Triana and Smith Dismissed for Want of Jurisdiction Filed: October 17, 2019 Do Not Publish 2