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Turner v. State

Court of Appeals of Arkansas, Division IV

June 17, 2015

NOEL DOUGLAS TURNER APPELLANT
v.
STATE OF ARKANSAS APPELLEE

APPEAL FROM THE LONOKE COUNTY CIRCUIT COURT [NO. CR-13-207] HONORABLE SANDY HUCKABEE, JUDGE

Robert M. "Robby" Golden, for appellant.

No response.

BART F. VIRDEN, Judge

The Lonoke County Circuit Court found that appellant Noel Douglas Turner violated the terms and conditions of his probation and, upon revocation, sentenced him to serve two years in prison and suspended imposition of sentence for an additional three-year period. Defense counsel has filed a motion to withdraw on the basis that there is no merit to an appeal. Pursuant to Anders v. California, 386 U.S. 738 (1967), and Rule 4-3(k) of the Rules of the Arkansas Supreme Court and Court of Appeals, counsel's motion to withdraw was accompanied by a brief that lists all rulings that were adverse to Turner with an explanation why each adverse ruling is not a meritorious ground for reversal. Turner was provided with j a copy of counsel's brief and notified of his right to file pro se points for reversal. Turner has not filed any pro se points.

I. Procedural History

On March 21, 2014, Turner pleaded guilty to third-degree domestic battery and was sentenced to six years' probation. Turner received conditions of his probation, which included, among other things, that he must not commit a criminal offense punishable by imprisonment. The State filed a petition to revoke on May 8, 2014, alleging that Turner had violated the conditions of his probation by being arrested on April 11, 2014.

At the revocation hearing held on October 24, 2014, a probation officer testified to several violations, and Turner admitted that he had been arrested while on probation. Further, the State introduced into evidence Turner's docket profile from Jacksonville District Court indicating that on September 17, 2014, he pleaded guilty to committing the following offenses on April 11, 2014: two counts of terroristic threatening of a law-enforcement officer (Class A misdemeanor), [1] possession of drug paraphernalia (Class A misdemeanor), '[2] third-degree assault (Class C misdemeanor).[3] At the conclusion of the hearing, the trial court revoked Turner's probation based on his being arrested and pleading guilty to new charges."[4]

II. Adverse Ruling

The only adverse ruling was the revocation of Turner's probation. In revocation proceedings, the circuit court must find by a preponderance of the evidence that the appellant inexcusably violated a condition of probation. Hunter v. State, 2013 Ark.App. 387. The State bears the burden of proof but needs to prove that the appellant committed only one violation of the conditions. Id. We agree with counsel that, considering the evidence adduced at the hearing, the trial court's revocation of Turner's probation was not clearly against a preponderance of the evidence and would not be a meritorious ground for reversal.[5]

III. Conclusion

From our review of the record and brief presented to us, we conclude that counsel has complied with Rule 4-3(k) and agree that there is no merit to an appeal. Therefore, we affirm the revocation and grant counsel's motion to withdraw.

Affirmed; motion to withdraw granted.

Gladwin, C.J., and Brown, J., agree.


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