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State of Idaho v. Armando Angel Matters

IN THE COURT OF APPEALS OF THE STATE OF IDAHO


November 30, 2012

STATE OF IDAHO, PLAINTIFF-RESPONDENT,
v.
ARMANDO ANGEL MATTERS, DEFENDANT-APPELLANT.

Appeal from the District Court of the Fifth Judicial District, State of Idaho, Cassia County. Hon. Michael R. Crabtree, District Judge.

Per curiam.

2012 Unpublished Opinion No. 750

Stephen W. Kenyon, Clerk

THIS IS AN UNPUBLISHED OPINION AND SHALL NOT BE CITED AS AUTHORITY

Order denying Idaho Criminal Rule 35 motion for reduction of sentence, affirmed.

Before GRATTON, Chief Judge; LANSING, Judge; and GUTIERREZ, Judge

Armando Angel Matters pled guilty to possession of a firearm by a felon. Idaho Code § 18-3316. The district court sentenced Matters to a unified term of five years, with three years determinate, and retained jurisdiction. At the conclusion of the period of retained jurisdiction, the district court relinquished jurisdiction. Matters filed an Idaho Criminal Rule 35 motion, which the district court denied. Matters appeals, contending the district court abused its discretion in denying the Rule 35 motion.

A motion for reduction of sentence under Rule 35 is essentially a plea for leniency, addressed to the sound discretion of the court. State v. Knighton, 143 Idaho 318, 319, 144 P.3d 23, 24 (2006); State v. Allbee, 115 Idaho 845, 846, 771 P.2d 66, 67 (Ct. App. 1989). In presenting a Rule 35 motion, the defendant must show that the sentence is excessive in light of new or additional information subsequently provided to the district court in support of the motion. State v. Huffman, 144 Idaho 201, 203, 159 P.3d 838, 840 (2007). Upon review of the record, including the new information submitted with Matter's Rule 35 motion, we conclude no abuse of discretion has been shown. Therefore, the district court's order denying Matter's Rule 35 motion is affirmed.

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