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Seabrooks v. State

Florida Court of Appeal, Fourth District

November 23, 2011

Millard SEABROOKS, Appellant,
v.
STATE of Florida, Appellee.

Appeal of order denying rule 3.850 motion from the Circuit Court for the Seventeenth Judicial Circuit, Broward County; Paul Backman, Judge; L.T. Case No. 02-203 CF10A.

Millard Seabrooks, Punta Gorda, pro se.

No appearance required for appellee.

PER CURIAM.

Almost eight years after a jury convicted appellant for carjacking, he now alleges that at some unspecified time he met another prisoner who happened to be in the area where the offense occurred in January 2002 and who remembered the incident. The prisoner witness alleges that the victim gave appellant her car and assumes that she did so in order for appellant to go into a dangerous neighborhood to buy her drugs.

Appellant filed this, his third Rule 3.850 motion, alleging newly discovered evidence and attaching an affidavit from the prisoner. Fla. R.Crim. P. 3.850(b)(1). The State's response argued that the motion should be denied without prejudice because it did not allege when appellant learned the information and failed to establish that, with due diligence, the claim could not have been discovered and raised in a timely motion.

The court denied the motion pursuant to the State's response. Appellant moved for rehearing arguing that he should be granted

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an opportunity to amend pursuant to Spera v. State, 971 So.2d 754 (Fla.2007). The court denied rehearing. On appeal, appellant argues that the court erred in denying his motion without providing an opportunity to amend.

We conclude that the trial court denied the motion pursuant to the State's response and without prejudice for appellant to refile a sufficient motion. Within sixty (60) days of this opinion becoming final, appellant may file an amended motion in the circuit court raising this claim. Postconviction movants and witnesses are again cautioned that bringing false information before the court may be punished by contempt proceedings, a perjury prosecution, or prison disciplinary action. Oquendo v. State, 2 So.3d 1001, 1006-07 (Fla. 4th DCA 2008).

Affirmed without prejudice to refile.

GROSS, DAMOORGIAN and CONNER, JJ., ...


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