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COMMONWEALTH PENNSYLVANIA v. STANLEY LOVE (01/29/82)

filed: January 29, 1982.

COMMONWEALTH OF PENNSYLVANIA, APPELLANT,
v.
STANLEY LOVE



No. 1925 October Term, 1979, Appeal from the Judgment of Sentence of the Court of Common Pleas of Philadelphia County, Criminal Division at No. 79-03-1081

COUNSEL

Maxine J. Stotland, Assistant District Attorney, Philadelphia, for Commonwealth, appellant.

Leonard N. Sosnov, Assistant Public Defender, Philadelphia, for appellee.

Brosky, Cirillo and Hoffman, JJ.*fn* Hoffman, J., files a concurring opinion. Cirillo, J., joins in both opinions.

Author: Brosky

[ 295 Pa. Super. Page 278]

On February 5, 1979, appellee, Love, was charged with robbery, simple assault and terroristic threats. Love pleaded guilty to robbery and was sentenced to one to three years imprisonment. The Commonwealth brought this appeal which we allow pursuant to Section 5 of Act of November 26, 1978, P.L. 1316, No. 319, subpart (d) which is found in a note following 42 Pa.C.S.A. § 2155 (hereinafter Section 5).*fn1

[ 295 Pa. Super. Page 279]

The Commonwealth contends that the trial court is obliged to provide a statement of reasons why a sentence less than four years is imposed where, as here, the defendant, below, is a repeat offender.*fn2 Section 5, subpart (b). We remand for a statement of reasons for the sentence.

On or about February 5, 1979, Love was apprehended by police who were responding to a woman, Mabel Dorsey, who requested their assistance, as the police drove by her. Love was seized by the police who found personal papers belonging to Ms. Dorsey and two hundred dollars in his pocket. Love was subsequently charged and convicted.

The sentencing court stated in its opinion that the sentence which the appellee received was within the statutory limits proscribed for the offense of robbery. The court went on to say it made its decision in compliance with all the factors set forth in 18 Pa.C.S.A. § 1321.

Love is a repeat offender. He was convicted in the instant case of robbery and on two earlier occasions he had been convicted of robbery. Accordingly, the trial court should have followed the procedures stated in Section 5. They are:

Section 5. Pursuant to this section, there is established an interim guideline for the minimum sentencing of certain repeat offenders.

(a) Until sentencing guidelines adopted by The Pennsylvania Commission on Sentencing and relating to the offenses set out in this subsection become effective pursuant to [42 Pa.C.S.A. § 2155] (relating to publication of guidelines for sentencing), when any person is convicted in any court of this Commonwealth of murder of the third degree, voluntary manslaughter, rape, involuntary deviate sexual ...


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