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State v. Bryant

Superior Court of New Jersey, Appellate Division

September 23, 2013

STATE OF NEW JERSEY, Plaintiff-Respondent,
v.
PONTELL C. BRYANT, Defendant-Appellant

NOT FOR PUBLICATION WITHOUT THE APPROVAL OF THE APPELLATE DIVISION

Submitted September 16, 2013

On appeal from the Superior Court of New Jersey, Law Division, Burlington County, Indictment No. 03-05-713.

Joseph E. Krakora, Public Defender, attorney for appellant (Michael Confusione, Designated Counsel, on the brief).

Robert D. Bernardi, Burlington County Prosecutor, attorney for respondent (Jennifer B. Paszkiewicz, Assistant Prosecutor, of counsel and on the brief).

Before Judges Harris and Guadagno.

PER CURIAM

Defendant Pontell C. Bryant appeals from the Law Division's May 27, 2011 order denying his application for post-conviction relief (PCR). On appeal, Bryant presents the following outline for our consideration:

POINT I: THE COURT SHOULD REVERSE THE DENIAL OF DEFENDANT'S PETITION FOR POST-CONVICTION RELIEF AND REMAND THIS MATTER FOR AN EVIDENTIARY HEARING ON DEFENDANT'S CLAIMS.
1. DEFENDANT ESTABLISHED AT LEAST PRIMA FACIE EVIDENCE OF INEFFECTIVE ASSISTANCE OF COUNSEL.
2. AT THE VERY LEAST, DEFENDANT'S INEFFECTIVE ASSISTANCE CLAIMS WARRANTED AN EVIDENTIARY HEARING IN THE COURT BELOW.

After reviewing the record, we affirm substantially for the reasons stated in Judge Michael J. Haas's written opinion of May 27, 2011. We add only the following brief comments.

Bryant was convicted by a jury of second-degree eluding, N.J.S.A. 2C:29-2(b) (count one), and obstructing administration of the law, N.J.S.A. 2C:29-1(a) (count two). After merger, he was sentenced to an aggregate term of eight years imprisonment.

On direct appeal, we affirmed the conviction and sentence. State v. Bryant, No. A-5367-07 (App. Div. Oct. 30, 2009). The Supreme Court denied further ...


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