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Gaines v. State

March 23, 1999

DIERRA GAINES, A/K/A DERRICK GAINES APPELLANT
v.
STATE OF MISSISSIPPI APPELLEE



Before Thomas, P.j., Lee, And Southwick, JJ.

The opinion of the court was delivered by: Southwick, J.

DATE OF JUDGMENT: 09/23/1998

TRIAL JUDGE: HON. LAMAR PICKARD

COURT FROM WHICH APPEALED: CLAIBORNE COUNTY CIRCUIT COURT

DISTRICT ATTORNEY: ALEXANDER C. MARTIN

NATURE OF THE CASE: CIVIL - POST CONVICTION RELIEF

TRIAL COURT DISPOSITION: 09/23/1997: DENIAL OF PETITION FOR WRIT OF HABEAS CORPUS

DISPOSITION: AFFIRMED - 03/23/99

MOTION FOR REHEARING FILED:

CERTIORARI FILED:

MANDATE ISSUED:

¶1. Dierra Gaines pled guilty to the unlawful sale of a controlled substance. Less than four months later, he sought relief under the Uniform Post-Conviction Collateral Relief Act. Gaines argues that his guilty plea was involuntary and the product of coercion, and that there was an insufficient factual basis to support his guilt. The Claiborne County Circuit Court denied the relief. We affirm.

FACTS

ΒΆ2. Gaines was indicted on one count of unlawful sale of a controlled substance. The indictment alleged that on March 22, 1996, Gaines, along with Andre Dotson, did "willfully, unlawfully, feloniously, and knowingly sell cocaine" to a confidential informant. Gaines pled guilty and judgment was entered on October 7, 1996. Gaines was ...


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