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COMMONWEALTH PENNSYLVANIA v. JOHN WILLIAMS (07/02/81)

SUPREME COURT OF PENNSYLVANIA


decided: July 2, 1981.

COMMONWEALTH OF PENNSYLVANIA
v.
JOHN WILLIAMS, A/K/A JOHNNY DOLLAR, APPELLANT

No. 211 January Term, 1979, Appeal from the denial of relief under the Post Conviction Hearing Act by the Court of Common Pleas of Philadelphia County, Trial Division, Criminal Section, December Term, 1975 No. 2341

COUNSEL

John Paul Curran, Philadelphia (Court-appointed), for appellant.

Robert B. Lawler, Chief, Appeals Div., Maureen Brennan, Philadelphia, for appellee.

O'Brien, C. J. and Roberts, Nix, Larsen, Flaherty and Kauffman, JJ. Roberts, J., concurred in the result.

Author: Larsen

[ 494 Pa. Page 148]

OPINION

After confessing to the fatal stabbing of Dorothy Lane, appellant pleaded guilty to murder of the third degree and was sentenced to ten to twenty years imprisonment. Appellant collaterally attacked his guilty plea in a PCHA proceeding but was denied relief. This appeal followed. Appellant claims his confession was involuntary and that the existence of the involuntary confession caused appellant to plead guilty. Thus, appellant concludes that his guilty plea was involuntary and should be set aside.

After reviewing the record, we find appellant's claim to be without merit. Consequently, the judgment of the PCHA court, denying relief, is affirmed.*fn*


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