Shongaryv.Filson

SUPREME COURT OF THE STATE OF NEVADAJul 9, 2019
No. 78716 (Nev. Jul. 9, 2019)

No. 78716

07-09-2019

BRYAN LEE SHONGARY, Appellant, v. TIMOTHY FILSON, WARDEN; JAMES DZURENDA, DIRECTOR; THE STATE OF NEVADA DEPARTMENT OF CORRECTIONS; AND THE STATE OF NEVADA, Respondents.


ORDER DISMISSING APPEAL

This is a pro se appeal from a district court order denying a postconviction petition for a writ of habeas corpus. Seventh Judicial District Court, White Pine County; Gary Fairman, Judge.

The district court entered the order challenged in this appeal on March 22, 2019. The clerk of the district court served appellant with notice of entry of the order that same day. Thus, appellant's notice of appeal was due to be filed in the district court by April 25, 2019. See NRS 34.575; NRAP 26(a), (c). Appellant's notice of appeal, however, was not filed in the district court until May 1, 2019.

Because appellant dated his notice of appeal April 25, 2019, within the prescribed appeal period, this court entered an order directing the attorney general to obtain and transmit to the clerk of this court a certified copy of the notice of appeal log maintained at the prison indicating the actual date upon which appellant delivered his notice of appeal to a prison official. See NRAP 4(d) (a notice of appeal filed by an inmate confined in an institution is timely "if it is delivered to a prison official for mailing on or before the last day for filing."); see also Kellogg v. Journal Commc'ns, 108 Nev. 474, 477, 835 P.2d 12, 13 (1992). If appellant used any other log maintained by the prison during the relevant time frame, the attorney general was to inform this court of that fact and provide a copy of the log.

In response, the attorney general provides an affidavit from the Law Library Supervisor at Ely State Prison who states that there are no entries in the notice of appeal log for the month of April 2019; the last entry in the log was made in September of 2018. The attorney general also provides a heavily redacted copy of a legal mail log that seems to indicate the only legal mail appellant sent out during the month of April was placed in the prison mail system on April 29, 2019. Accordingly, there appears to be no record that appellant timely delivered his notice of appeal to a prison official.

Because there is no record that appellant timely delivered his notice of appeal to a prison official, the May 1, 2019, date controls. See NRAP 4(d) (an inmate must use the notice of appeal log or other system designed for legal mail to receive the benefit of the rule). Appellant's notice of appeal was untimely filed. Accordingly, this court lacks jurisdiction, see Lozada v. State, 110 Nev. 349, 352, 871 P.2d 944, 946 (1994) ("[A]n untimely notice of appeal fails to vest jurisdiction in this court."), and

ORDERS this appeal DISMISSED.

/s/_________, J.


Pickering /s/_________, J.
Parraguirre /s/_________, J.
Cadish cc: Hon. Gary Fairman, District Judge


Bryan Lee Shongary


Attorney General/Carson City


White Pine County District Attorney


White Pine County Clerk