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COMMONWEALTH PENNSYLVANIA v. RICHARD KELLY (01/11/80)

filed: January 11, 1980.

COMMONWEALTH OF PENNSYLVANIA
v.
RICHARD KELLY, APPELLANT



No. 547 October Term, 1978, Appeal from a denial by the Court of Common Pleas, Criminal Division, of Bucks County, No. 2018 of 1974 of appellant motion headed, petition to adjust sentence.

COUNSEL

Richard S. Wasserbly, Assistant Public Defender, Doylestown, for appellant.

John J. Kevlock, Assistant District Attorney, Doylestown, for Commonwealth, appellee.

Spaeth, Hester and Cavanaugh, JJ.

Author: Cavanaugh

[ 274 Pa. Super. Page 243]

Appellant appeals from the lower court's denial of his petition to adjust sentence. Because of events which have occurred since the appeal was taken, we dismiss the case as moot.

On December 4, 1974, the appellant pleaded guilty to burglary, theft, receiving stolen property and conspiracy to commit those acts. Pursuant to a negotiated plea the appellant was sentenced to three months to twelve months imprisonment. This sentence was to run consecutively to a Florida sentence and concurrently with previously imposed Pennsylvania sentences. At the time of this sentencing the appellant had served nine months of a six month to seven year Florida sentence and three and a half months of five Pennsylvania sentences. Four of the Pennsylvania sentences were to run two months to three years and one was to run one month to two years. All of the previously imposed Pennsylvania sentences were running concurrently with each other and concurrently with the Florida sentence.

On November 3, 1977, the appellant was released from the Florida sentence and was brought to Bucks County for the purpose of completing his sentence in the instant case.

On November 10, 1977, appellant petitioned the lower court to adjust his sentence. On November 21, 1977, the

[ 274 Pa. Super. Page 244]

    petition to adjust sentence was denied and the appellant appealed to this court. However, on December 5, 1977, the appellant having served only about a month of the sentence in the instant case, was paroled for the remainder of the sentence and the parole expired on October 31, 1978, the defendant having served his sentence in full.*fn1

Appellant contends that his sentence in the instant case was inconsistent since it could not run both concurrent with previously imposed Pennsylvania sentences and consecutive to the Florida sentence, because the Florida sentence was to run concurrent with the previously imposed Pennsylvania sentences. Since the sentence resulted from a negotiated plea the appellant argues that any inconsistency should be resolved in his favor. If the inconsistency were resolved to favor the appellant, appellant argues the sentence would be adjusted to run concurrently with the previously imposed Pennsylvania sentences, all of which had expired and the appellant would be free. Because of our disposition of the case we decline to consider whether the sentence is inconsistent and whether it was properly interpreted by the court below.

It is well established that appellate courts in Pennsylvania will not ordinarily decide moot questions. In re Gross, 476 Pa. 203, 209, 382 A.2d 116, 119 (1978); Commonwealth ex rel. Watson v. Montone, 227 Pa. Super. 541, 545, 323 A.2d 763, 765 (1974). Moreover, a question raised on appeal may become moot by events which occur after the appeal was filed. ...


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