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Wright v. State

Court of Appeals of Mississippi

February 14, 2017

RONALD DAVID WRIGHT A/K/A RONALD WRIGHT A/K/A RONALD D. WRIGHT A/K/A ROBERT WRIGHT APPELLANT
v.
STATE OF MISSISSIPPI APPELLEE

          Date of Judgment: 02/24/2016

         COURT 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.

          BEFORE GRIFFIS, P.J., ISHEE AND GREENLEE, JJ.

          GREENLEE, J.

         ¶1. 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 post-conviction relief.

         FACTS AND PROCEEDINGS BELOW

         ¶2. 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.

         ¶3. 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 Wright.
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.

         Wright was brought back to Harrison County, where he entered into a guilty plea in November 2012.

         ¶4. 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 ...


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