OF JUDGMENT: 12/22/2017
COUNTY CIRCUIT COURT HON. LAMAR PICKARD TRIAL JUDGE
ATTORNEY FOR APPELLANT: ANTWONE MARQUIS HALEY (PRO SE)
ATTORNEY FOR APPELLEE: OFFICE OF THE ATTORNEY GENERAL BY:
JEFFREY A. KLINGFUSS
LEE, C.J., GREENLEE AND TINDELL, JJ.
AND PROCEDURAL HISTORY
On February 20, 2016, Michael Derriel Wilson shot Ontario
Rhymes with a handgun and robbed him of $2, 660. Antwone
Haley admitted to assisting Wilson as an accessory before the
fact, along with Sharon Demetria Wilson. The three were
indicted by a Copiah County grand jury for the crimes of
armed robbery, aggravated assault, and conspiracy to commit
armed robbery. On July 25, 2016, Haley pleaded guilty to the
aggravated-assault charge, and the circuit court sentenced
him to serve six years in the custody of the Mississippi
Department of Corrections. The armed-robbery and
conspiracy-to-commit- armed-robbery charges were dismissed
from the indictment.
Haley filed a motion for postconviction relief (PCR) on
December 13, 2017, alleging that his plea was involuntary and
that he received ineffective assistance of counsel. On
December 22, 2017, the circuit court entered an order denying
Haley's motion as lacking merit. Haley now appeals.
"When reviewing a trial court's denial or dismissal
of a PCR motion, we will only disturb the trial court's
factual findings if they are clearly erroneous; however, we
review the trial court's legal conclusions under a de
novo standard of review." Bass v. State, 237
So.3d 172, 173 (¶4) (Miss. Ct. App. 2017).
Voluntariness of Guilty Plea
In his pro se appellate brief, Haley argues that his guilty
plea was involuntary, alleging that he was
"coerced" and claiming he was told by detectives
and his attorney that he would receive a three-year sentence
if he pleaded guilty. In the order denying Haley's PCR
motion, the circuit judge, being the same as the sentencing
judge, found that Haley was "fully apprised of the
nature of the charges against him and all the facts and
circumstances surrounding said charges" and "did
knowingly, voluntarily and ...