Barela v. StateAnnotate this Case
In 1995, Appellant pled guilty to second-degree murder and was sentenced to twenty-eight years to life. In 2015, Appellant filed a pro se motion to correct an illegal sentence, claiming that his sentence was illegal because the district court failed to provide a firearms disqualification advisement at the time of sentencing. The district court denied the motion, concluding (1) the advisement statute, Wyo. Stat. Ann. 7-11-507, was not applicable to Appellant’s case because the statute was not enacted until 2009; and (2) Appellant’s sentence was permitted under Wyo. Stat. Ann. 6-2-104. Appellant appealed, presenting several claims in support of his contention that his sentence was illegal. The Supreme Court affirmed, holding that the district court did not err in its decision to deny Appellant’s motion to correct illegal sentence.