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GERALD PARSONS vs. STATE OF MISSOURI
Case Number: ED106367
Court: Missouri Court of Appeals Eastern District
Plaintiff's Attorney: Daniel N. McPherson
Defendant's Attorney: Richard H. Sindel
This post-conviction-relief case arose out of an incident in which Gerald Parsons, while intoxicated, crashed his vehicle into a stationary police vehicle injuring the officer inside. Parsons was charged with driving while intoxicated (DWI) and second-degree assault of a law enforcement officer, both class B felonies which carried punishment ranges of five to 15 years in prison. After plea negotiations failed, Parsons entered blind guilty pleas to both charges and received concurrent sentences of 12 years on each conviction. Later, it was determined that the DWI charge was an included offense of the assault charge and, therefore, the guilty plea on the DWI charge violated Parsonsís constitutional right against double jeopardy. Parsons was permitted to withdraw his guilty plea to the DWI charge and that charge was dismissed, but his guilty plea and 12-year sentence on the assault charge remained in place. Parsons now appeals the denial following an evidentiary hearing of his Rule 24.035 motion for post-conviction relief based on allegations of ineffective assistance of counsel. He contends that the motion court clearly erred when it found he was not prejudiced by his counselís failure to recognize the double jeopardy situation presented by the two charges and counselís advice that he plead guilty to both charges.
Outcome: REVERSED AND REMANDED