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Frazier v. State

COURT OF APPEALS OF THE STATE OF NEVADA
Feb 11, 2020
No. 78823-COA (Nev. App. Feb. 11, 2020)

Opinion

No. 78823-COA

02-11-2020

PATIENCE FRAZIER, Appellant, v. THE STATE OF NEVADA, Respondent.


ORDER OF AFFIRMANCE

Patience Frazier appeals from a judgment of conviction entered pursuant to a guilty plea of manslaughter, a category B felony, as defined by NRS 200.220. Sixth Judicial District Court, Humboldt County; Michael Montero, Judge.

First, Frazier appears to claim that the crime of taking drugs to terminate a pregnancy is not a homicide and that she preserved this claim for review by raising it in her pretrial petition for a writ of habeas corpus. However, she pleaded guilty to manslaughter, she did not reserve her claim for appeal as required by NRS 174.035(3), and the entry of a guilty plea generally waives any right to appeal from events occurring prior to the entry of the guilty plea, see Webb v. State, 91 Nev. 469, 470, 538 P.2d 164, 165 (1975). Therefore, we decline to review this claim of error.

Second, Frazier claims the district court abused its discretion by imposing a sentence "in excess of that recommended by the State immediately following the Department of Parole and Probation's assertion that the exhumed infant was a child rather than a fetus [which] indicates the court improperly believed a violation of NRS 200.220 is a homicide rather than a feticide."

We review a district court's sentencing decision for abuse of discretion. Chavez v. State, 125 Nev. 328, 348, 213 P.3d 476, 490 (2009). We will not interfere with the sentence imposed by the district court "[s]o long as the record does not demonstrate prejudice resulting from consideration of information or accusations founded on facts supported only by impalpable or highly suspect evidence." Silks v. State, 92 Nev. 91, 94, 545 P.2d 1159, 1161 (1976). The district court's decision to grant probation is discretionary. NRS 176A.100(1)(c).

Here, Frazier's sentence of 30 to 96 months falls within the parameters of the relevant statute. See NRS 200.220. The record does not suggest that the district court's sentencing decision was based on impalpable or highly suspect evidence. And the record demonstrates that the district court considered Frazier's arguments, in which she claimed that a violation of NRS 200.220 was not a homicide, before imposing its sentence. Accordingly, we conclude the district court did not abuse its discretion at sentencing.

Having concluded that Frazier is not entitled to relief, we

ORDER the judgment of conviction AFFIRMED.

/s/_________, C.J.

Gibbons

/s/_________, J.

Tao

/s/_________, J.

Bulla cc: Hon. Michael Montero, District Judge

Humboldt County Public Defender

Attorney General/Carson City

Humboldt County District Attorney

Humboldt County Clerk


Summaries of

Frazier v. State

COURT OF APPEALS OF THE STATE OF NEVADA
Feb 11, 2020
No. 78823-COA (Nev. App. Feb. 11, 2020)
Case details for

Frazier v. State

Case Details

Full title:PATIENCE FRAZIER, Appellant, v. THE STATE OF NEVADA, Respondent.

Court:COURT OF APPEALS OF THE STATE OF NEVADA

Date published: Feb 11, 2020

Citations

No. 78823-COA (Nev. App. Feb. 11, 2020)