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COMMONWEALTH PENNSYLVANIA v. JOSEPH WALKER (04/20/81)

filed: April 20, 1981.

COMMONWEALTH OF PENNSYLVANIA,
v.
JOSEPH WALKER, A/K/A JOSEPH DAWES



No. 2803 October Term, 1978, Appeal from the Order dated October 23, 1978, of the Court of Common Pleas, TRIAL DIVISION, CRIMINAL SECTION, for the County of PHILADELPHIA, at No. 337 October Term 1967.

COUNSEL

Richard W. Hoy, Philadelphia, for appellant.

Eric B. Henson, Assistant District Attorney, Philadelphia, for Commonwealth, appellee.

Spaeth, Stranahan and Sugerman, JJ.*fn*

Author: Stranahan

[ 286 Pa. Super. Page 240]

This matter is before the Court on an appeal of a denial of a post-conviction hearing petition which was filed by Joseph Walker, a/k/a Joseph Dawes.*fn1 The petition was denied without a hearing and the petitioner has appealed.

Joseph Walker was charged with burglary and pleaded guilty to that charge on November 20, 1969. On April 16, 1970 he was placed on five years probation and on April 18, 1972 the petitioner was determined to be in violation of his probation but the sentencing judge continued the probation. On November 27, 1973, the petitioner was again determined to be a probation violator and the trial judge imposed a five to ten year suspended sentence and returned the defendant to five years probation. On December 16, 1974 the defendant was again determined to be a probation violator and the sentencing judge imposed a two to ten years sentence.

On December 5, 1977, a pro se petition under the Post Conviction Hearing Act was filed and was subsequently amended on April 27, 1978. The petition for relief having been denied without a hearing, this appeal was taken.

The issue involved is the failure of the sentencing judge to allow credit towards the defendant's sentence for time served prior to imposition of sentence. In the present case the defendant served time from August 29, 1967 to April 16, 1970 when he was granted probation.

[ 286 Pa. Super. Page 241]

At the time of his sentencing of two to ten years in prison, the sentencing judge made no mention of crediting time that the petitioner had already served.*fn2

The position of the Commonwealth is that the post conviction hearing petition is an inappropriate method of bringing this matter before the court and if the petitioner has any dispute, his dispute rests with the Pennsylvania Board of Probation and Parole and not against the sentencing court. Therefore, the Commonwealth contends that the proper mode of relief is to bring a proceeding in mandamus to compel the Board to grant credit to the prisoner, relying on Moore v. Roth, 231 Pa. Super. 464, 331 A.2d 509 (1974).*fn3

We disagree with the position of the Commonwealth and are somewhat dismayed that a matter as simple as this should become involved in prolonged procedure that results from an appeal. The law mandates that a person being sentenced shall receive credit on his sentence for all time spent in custody as the result of the criminal charge for which a prison sentence is being imposed. Act of 1974, December 30, P.L. 1052, 345 sec. 1; 18 Pa.C.S.A. ...


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