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Montesinos v. State

Florida Court of Appeal, Third District

November 16, 2011

Carlos MONTESINOS, Appellant,
v.
The STATE of Florida, Appellee.

An Appeal under Florida Rule of Appellate Procedure 9.141(b)(2) from the Circuit Court for Miami-Dade County, Julio Jimenez, Judge.

Page 727

Carlos Montesinos, in proper person.

Pamela Jo Bondi, Attorney General, for appellee.

Before RAMIREZ, LAGOA, and EMAS, JJ.

RAMIREZ, J.

We treat Carlos Montesinos' petition for belated appeal as an appeal from the summary denial of his postconviction relief under Florida Rule of Criminal Procedure 3.850, and reverse for a determination on the merits.

After a trial, Montesinos was convicted and sentenced to life imprisonment. His appeal from the conviction and sentence was affirmed by this Court and the mandate was issued on January 9, 2008. Montesinos v. State,972 So.2d 193 (Fla. 3d DCA 2007). Thereafter, Montesinos filed a motion for postconviction relief under Rule 3.850, which subsequently he attempted to amend. Within the two-year period, Montesinos requested an extension of time to file the amended motion. However, the trial court denied his request and has not ruled on the amended motion which Montesinos nonetheless filed. Under Spera v. State,971 So.2d 754 (Fla.2007), Montesinos ...


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