HAKIM, Ali Abdul, ) a/k/a Jesse James Williams, ) Court of Appeals appellant, ) cause no. 48A02-0311-PC-984 v. ) ) Supreme Court STATE OF INDIANA, ) cause no. 48S02-0404-PC-164 appellee. )
The chronological case summary from this case indicates that on February 23, 1994,
the appellant pled guilty and was sentenced on four counts of forgery.
The sentences were later modified on May 15, 1995. Following admitted probation
violations in 1998, appellant was re-sentenced. In a belated appeal, the judgment
of the trial court was affirmed. Williams v. State, Cause No. 48A02-9902-CR-98
(Memo. Dec., Ind. Ct. App., Nov. 19, 1999).
Following a hearing, a petition for post-conviction relief was denied November 22, 1999.
That decision was also affirmed on appeal.
Hakim v. State, Cause
No. 48A02-9912-PC-835 (Memo. Dec., Ind. Ct. App., Nov. 15, 2000).
On October 3, 2003, the appellant filed a motion to correct erroneous sentence.
In the motion, Appellant noted that as part of his re-sentencing in
1998, he was credited with time actually served in pretrial detention. However,
appellant asserted that the trial court failed to credit good time owed to
petitioner. The trial court denied the motion, stating, Offender is presumed to earn
2 for 1 unless otherwise stated by the court, and stating further that
the Department of Correction will give him his good time credit. This
The Court of Appeals dismissed the appeal. In its order of dismissal,
the court stated that a motion to correct erroneous sentence is considered a
form of petition for post-conviction relief and that appellant had failed to obtain
leave to file a successive post-conviction relief petition, as required by Ind. Post-Conviction
Rule 1 § 12. The pending petition to transfer jurisdiction was filed
after the Court of Appeals denied rehearing.
Subsequent to the dismissal of this appeal, we issued our opinion in
v. State, ___ N.E.2d ___ (Ind., March 10, 2004).
Robinson, we held that a motion to correct erroneous sentence based on
clear facial error is not in the nature of a post-conviction proceeding, and
therefore may also be filed after a post-conviction proceeding has already been conducted
without seeking the prior authorization necessary for successive petitions for post-conviction relief under
Indiana Post-Conviction Rule 1 § 12. Slip. Op. at 6. We
overruled any cases that held to the contrary. Id. Thus, the
basis for dismissal relied on by the Court of Appeals is no longer
The Court of Appeals dismissed the appeal under its reading of the case
law as it stood at that time. But regardless of whether this
particular rule of law is to be applied to appeals pending at the
Robinson was decided, the appellant is not entitled to relief. For
as we also stated in Robinson:
Sentencing judgments that report only days spent in pre-sentence confinement and fail to expressly designate credit time earned shall be understood by courts and by the Department of Correction automatically to award the number of credit time days equal to the number of pre-sentence confinement days. . . Because the omission of designation of the statutory credit time entitlement is thus corrected by this presumption, such omission may not be raised as an erroneous sentence.
Slip. Op. at 11-12. Appellant has no basis for filing a motion to correct erroneous sentence under our holding in Robinson and the trial court correctly denied the motion. We grant transfer of jurisdiction pursuant to Ind. Appellant Rule 58(A), vacating the dismissal order of the Court of Appeals, and affirm the judgment of the trial court.
The Clerk is directed to send a copy of this order to Ali
Hakim a/k/a Jessie Williams; to all counsel of record; and to West Publishing
for publication in the bound volumes of this Courts decisions.
Done at Indianapolis, Indiana this 19th day of April, 2004.
/s/ Randall T. Shepard
Chief Justice of Indiana
All Justices concur.