October 29, 2014
STATE OF LOUISIANA
This Decision is not final until expiration of the fourteen day rehearing period.
ON APPEAL FROM THE TWENTY-FOURTH JUDICIAL DISTRICT COURT, PARISH OF JEFFERSON, STATE OF LOUISIANA. NO. 97-4551, DIVISION " P" . HONORABLE LEE V. FAULKNER, JR., JUDGE PRESIDING.
PAUL D. CONNICK, JR., DISTRICT ATTORNEY, Twenty-Fourth Judicial District, Parish of Jefferson, TERRY M. BOUDREAUX, ASSISTANT DISTRICT ATTORNEY, Gretna, Louisiana, COUNSEL FOR PLAINTIFF/APPELLEE.
MARGARET S. SOLLARS, ATTORNEY AT LAW, Thibodaux, Louisiana, COUNSEL FOR DEFENDANT/APPELLANT.
Panel composed of Judges Jude G. Gravois, Robert A. Chaisson, and Robert M. Murphy.
ROBERT M. MURPHY, J.
[14-352 La.App. 5 Cir. 2] Defendant, Shawn Toussaint, appeals the denial of his motion to correct illegal sentence and request for resentencing. For the following reasons, we dismiss the appeal and grant defendant thirty days from the date of this opinion within which to file a writ application to this Court seeking review of the denial of his motion to correct illegal sentence and request for
resentencing under this Court's supervisory jurisdiction.
FACTS AND PROCEDURAL BACKGROUND
This is defendant's second appeal. The record shows that on July 3, 1997, defendant was indicted for committing second degree murder in violation of La. R.S. 14:30.1. After a trial on the merits, a twelve-person jury found defendant guilty as charged by a vote of eleven to one on January 16, 1998.
On March 25, 1998, defendant filed a motion in arrest of judgment and alternatively motion for new trial, which was denied on the same date. After waiving delays for sentencing, defendant was sentenced on that same date to life [14-352 La.App. 5 Cir. 3] imprisonment at hard labor without benefit of probation, parole, or suspension of sentence. Defendant subsequently filed his first appeal, wherein this Court affirmed defendant's conviction of second degree murder in violation of La. R.S. 14:30.1. See State v. Toussaint, 98-1214 (La.App. 5 Cir. 05/19/99), 734 So.2d 961, writ denied, 99-1789 (La. 11/24/99), 750 So.2d 980.
On July 26, 2012, defendant filed a motion to correct illegal sentence and request for resentencing, alleging that he is entitled to resentencing under Miller v. Alabama, __ U.S. __, 132 S.Ct. 2455, 183 L.Ed.2d 407 (2012). On December 4, 2012, the trial court signed an ex parte order finding that defendant's sentence " is illegal and must be vacated," and setting his resentencing hearing for January 17, 2013. Several days later, on December 10, 2012, the trial court signed an order stating that " petitioner must be re-sentenced" on January 17, 2013, but did not vacate defendant's sentence. However, the hearing for the motion to correct illegal sentence was not held until March 7, 2013, wherein the trial court granted defendant's motion and re-set the matter for a resentencing hearing. On January 13, 2014, the trial court held a hearing and denied defendant's request for resentencing. Defendant's second appeal now follows.
LAW AND ANALYSIS
This Court and other appellate courts have held that the denial of a motion to correct an illegal sentence is not a final judgment, and therefore, it is not an appealable judgment. La. C.Cr.P. art. 912; State v. Lee, 11-1128 (La.App. 5 Cir. 7/31/12), 99 So.3d 721, 723;  State v. Hutchinson, 99-0034, 99-0035 (La.App. 4 Cir. 5/17/00), 764 So.2d 1139, 1140-41; State v. Benoit, 446 So.2d 921, 922-23 [14-352 La.App. 5 Cir. 4] (La.App. 1 Cir. 1984), writ denied, 448 So.2d 113 (La. 1984). Rather, the appropriate avenue of review of a motion to correct an illegal sentence is by way of a supervisory writ application. State v. Schwartz, 12-183 (La.App. 5 Cir. 10/16/12), 102 So.3d 991, 993.
Accordingly, we hereby dismiss this appeal and grant defendant thirty days from
the date of this opinion within which to file a writ application to this Court seeking review of the denial of his motion to correct illegal sentence and request for resentencing under this Court's supervisory jurisdiction.