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Rodney Fletcher, Pro se appellant.
Dustin McDaniel, Att'y Gen., by: Pamela Rumpz, Ass't Att'y Gen., for appellee.
PRO SE APPEAL FROM THE FULTON COUNTY CIRCUIT COURT
NO. 25CR-10-77. HONORABLE TIM WEAVER, JUDGE.
In 2012, appellant Rodney Fletcher was found guilty by a jury of commercial burglary, theft of property, and fraud. He was found not guilty of eighteen counts of possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver. Appellant was sentenced to serve an aggregate term of 1,200 months' imprisonment and a fine of $35,000 was imposed. The Arkansas Court of Appeals affirmed. Fletcher v. State, 2014 Ark.App. 50.
After the mandate in the case issued on February 11, 2014, appellant timely filed in the trial court a verified pro se petition for postconviction relief pursuant to Arkansas Rule of Criminal Procedure 37.1 (2012). A hearing was held on the petition, and the trial court entered an order denying the relief sought. Appellant brings this appeal.
This court has held that it will reverse the trial court's decision granting or denying postconviction relief only when that decision is clearly erroneous. Conley v. State, 2014 Ark. 172, 433 S.W.3d 234. A finding is clearly erroneous when, although there is evidence to support it, the appellate court, after reviewing the entire evidence, is left with the definite and firm conviction that a mistake has been committed. Caery v. State, 2014 Ark. 247');"> 2014 Ark. 247 (per curiam); Sartin v. State, 2012 Ark. 155, 400 S.W.3d 694.
Appellant's initial argument on appeal is that the evidence adduced at trial
was insufficient to sustain the judgment of conviction. The assertion is not a ground for relief under the Rule. Questions pertaining to the sufficiency of the evidence are matters to be addressed at trial and on direct appeal and are not cognizable in a postconviction proceeding. Mathis v. State, 2014 Ark. 148 (per curiam); Green v. State, 2013 Ark. 455 (per curiam). A postconviction proceeding under Rule 37.1 is not a substitute for direct appeal or an ...