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COMMONWEALTH EX REL. GEARHART v. CAVELL. (09/11/58)

THE SUPERIOR COURT OF PENNSYLVANIA


September 11, 1958

COMMONWEALTH EX REL. GEARHART, APPELLANT,
v.
CAVELL.

Appeal, No. 205, Oct. T., 1958, from order of Court of Common Pleas of Juniata County, June T., 1957, No. 39, in case of Commonwealth of Pennsylvania ex rel. Carl Sylvester Gearhart v. Angelo C. Cavell, Warden. Order affirmed.

COUNSEL

Carl Sylvester Gearhart, appellant, in propria persona.

Harold F. Kerchner, District Attorney, for appellee.

Before Rhodes, P.j., Hirt, Gunther, Wright, Woodside, Ervin, and Watkins, JJ.

Author: Gunther

[ 187 Pa. Super. Page 465]

OPINION BY GUNTHER, J.

This appeal is from the dismissal of relator's petition for writ of Habeas Corpus. At No. 1 June Sessions, 1955, relator, Carl Sylvester Gearhart, entered pleas of guilty to two separate charges of burglary and was sentenced to a term of not less than two nor more than four years in the State Penitentiary. Previous to this sentence, relator was on parole from a sentence of two to fifteen years in the Western State Penitentiary imposed in 1952. When he was returned to the Western State Penitentiary, he began serving his back time for violation of parole and was still serving the unexpired time of his first sentence when the instant petition for writ of Habeas Corpus was filed in the court below. The court below dismissed the petition for the reason that relator was not imprisoned under the sentence to which he objects but was serving a sentence for parole violation. From this adjudication, relator has appealed.

The disposition made by the court below must be affirmed. We have held that the writ of Habeas Corpus cannot be used to challenge a sentence which the relator is not serving. See Commonwealth ex rel. Brockway v. Keenan, 180 Pa. Superior Ct. 78, 118 A.2d 255; Commonwealth ex rel. Thompson v. Day, 182 Pa. Superior Ct. 644, 128 A.2d 133.

Disposition

The order of the court below is affirmed.

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