RONALD DAVID WRIGHT A/K/A RONALD WRIGHT A/K/A RONALD D. WRIGHT A/K/A ROBERT WRIGHT APPELLANT
STATE OF MISSISSIPPI APPELLEE
of Judgment: 02/24/2016
FROM WHICH APPEALED: HARRISON COUNTY CIRCUIT COURT, HON.
CHRISTOPHER LOUIS SCHMIDT TRIAL JUDGE.
ATTORNEY FOR APPELLANT: RONALD DAVID WRIGHT (PRO SE).
ATTORNEYS FOR APPELLEE: OFFICE OF THE ATTORNEY GENERAL BY:
KAYLYN HAVRILLA MCCLINTON JASON L. DAVIS.
GRIFFIS, P.J., ISHEE AND GREENLEE, JJ.
In 2012, Ronald Wright pleaded guilty to the charge of sexual
battery and was sentenced to twenty-five years, with ten
years suspended and fifteen years to serve. Wright now
appeals the trial court's denial of his motion for
post-conviction relief, in which he argued that his plea
should be set aside due to ineffective assistance of counsel,
that his extradition from Ohio was improper, and that the
sentencing judge was biased against him as evidenced by the
fact that he received a higher sentence than that recommended
by the State. Finding no error, we affirm the denial of
AND PROCEEDINGS BELOW
In 2008, Wright was indicted for sexual battery in Harrison
County. At the time of indictment, Wright had relocated to
Ohio. Wright was arrested in September 2008 when Ohio law
enforcement pulled him over for a traffic violation and
discovered his outstanding Mississippi warrant. Wright
declined to waive extradition, and an Ohio court ordered
extradition proceedings to begin. However, the State of
Mississippi informed Ohio that it did not want to extradite
Wright. Wright was therefore released.
Wright was arrested again in January 2012, and again ordered
released due to Mississippi's decision not to extradite
him. In January 2012, the Harrison County District
Attorney's office sent a letter to the United States
Marshals Service stating "please accept this letter as
your assurance that Harrison County, Mississippi[,] will
extradite Ronald David Wright to Mississippi if he is
apprehended in Ohio on the warrant that is now outstanding in
Harrison County . . . ." Wright was arrested again in
Ohio in March 2012. An extradition hearing was held at which
Wright was represented by an attorney. The Ohio court entered
an extradition order, which stated in part:
Captain David Cline, of the Paulding County Sheriff's
Office, has provided an email from Charles E. Wood, Senior
Assistant District Attorney[,] Second Circuit Court District
of Mississippi, with the confirmation that the State of
Mississippi, Harrison County, will extradite Ronald David
The Defendant shall be extradited to the State of
Mississippi. The Defendant shall be held by the Paulding
County Sheriff Office until extradition is complete by the
State of Mississippi.
was brought back to Harrison County, where he entered into a
guilty plea in November 2012.
At the beginning of the plea hearing, the judge informed
Wright that he had been an assistant district attorney at the
time Wright was indicted, but that he did not recognize
Wright or the facts of his case. The prosecutor reviewed
Wright's file and announced that ...