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State v. Mease

November 8, 2007

STATE OF NEW JERSEY, PLAINTIFF-RESPONDENT,
v.
TYRONE MEASE, DEFENDANT-APPELLANT.



On appeal from the Superior Court of New Jersey, Law Division, Camden County, 01-01-0033-I.

Per curiam.

NOT FOR PUBLICATION WITHOUT THE APPROVAL OF THE APPELLATE DIVISION

Submitted October 30, 2007

Before Judges Coburn and Grall.

Defendant, Tyrone Mease, appeals from an order denying his petition for post-conviction relief. Defendant's conviction arose from an incident that occurred on September 16, 1999, in Camden. Mease, then age fifteen, shot his first victim three times at close range. Although severely wounded, the first victim survived. Defendant then shot and killed his second victim, who was on the porch near the first victim.

Defendant was charged as a juvenile, after which the State moved for involuntary transfer to the Law Division. Judge Cook found that there was probable cause to support the charges and that rehabilitation by age nineteen was not possible. An indictment was returned, and defendant entered into a plea agreement. Consequently, he was sentenced for aggravated manslaughter and attempted murder. The aggregate term was limited to twenty-two years, subject to NERA, N.J.S.A. 2C:43- 7.2, and the judge imposed that sentence. Defendant appealed, we affirmed, and defendant then filed the subject petition for post-conviction relief.

On appeal from the order denying his petition, defendant offers the following arguments.

DEFENDANT'S CONVICTIONS MUST BE REVERSED OR HIS SENTENCE MUST BE VACATED DUE TO INEFFECTIVE ASSISTANCE OF COUNSEL; IN THE ALTERNATIVE, THIS MATTER MUST BE REMANDED FOR AN EVIDENTIARY HEARING.

A. Trial Counsel Failed To Investigate And Consider Potential Defenses.

B. Trial Counsel Failed To Present A Defense At The Second Stage Of The Waiver Hearing.

C. Trial Counsel Cajoled Defendant To Plead Guilty.

D. Trial Counsel Failed To Raise An Appropriate Mitigating Factor At Sentencing.

E. Appellate Counsel Failed To Raise Any Of The Issues As To Trial ...


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