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COMMONWEALTH PENNSYLVANIA v. DOUGLAS STIDHAM (12/23/82)

SUPREME COURT OF PENNSYLVANIA


decided: December 23, 1982.

COMMONWEALTH OF PENNSYLVANIA, APPELLEE,
v.
DOUGLAS STIDHAM, APPELLANT

Appeal No. 395 January Term, 1979, from Judgments of Sentence Imposed on Information Nos. 1591, 1593 and 1594, August Term, 1978, Court of Common Pleas, Criminal Division, Philadelphia; Robert A. Latrone, Judge.

COUNSEL

Jay S. Gottlieb, Philadelphia (Court-appointed), for appellant.

Robert B. Lawler, Chief, Appeals Div., Garold Tennis, Asst. Dist. Attys., for appellee.

O'Brien, C.j., and Roberts, Nix, Larsen, Flaherty, McDermott and Hutchinson, JJ. Larsen and McDermott, JJ., filed dissenting opinions.

Author: Per Curiam

[ 499 Pa. Page 269]

ORDER

Judgments of Sentence imposed under Information Nos. 1591 (murder) and 1593 (conspiracy) are affirmed.

Judgment of Sentence entered under Information No. 1594 (robbery) is vacated. See, Commonwealth v. Tarver, 493 Pa. 320, 426 A.2d 569 (1981).

LARSEN, Justice, dissenting.

I dissent from the majority's order of this Court vacating appellant's sentence for robbery. In support thereof I cite my dissenting opinion in Commonwealth v. Tarver, 493 Pa. 320, 426 A.2d 569 (1981).

McDERMOTT, Justice, dissenting.

[ 499 Pa. Page 270]

I dissent from the order of the Court insofar as it vacates appellant's sentence for robbery on the authority of Commonwealth v. Tarver, 493 Pa. 320, 426 A.2d 569 (1981). Appellant committed two separate and distinct offenses: robbery and murder of the second degree. I would overrule Tarver and hold that the lower court did not abuse its broad discretion in sentencing appellant for both crimes. See Commonwealth v. Tarver, 493 Pa. at 331, 426 A.2d at 575 (dissenting opinion of Mr. Justice Larsen). See also, Commonwealth Page 270} v. McDuffie, 499 Pa. 325, 453 A.2d 331 (1982) (dissenting opinion of Mr. Justice McDermott).

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