Katherine M. Franks LOUISIANA APPELLATE PROJECT P.O. Box 220 Madisonville, LA 70447 COUNSEL FOR THE APPELLANT/DEFENDANT Leon Cannizzaro DISTRICT ATTORNEY, ORLEANS PARISH Donna Andrieu CHIEF OF APPEALS, ORLEANS PARISH Kyle Daly ASSISTANT DISTRICT ATTORNEY, ORLEANS PARISH 619 S. White Street New Orleans, LA 70119 COUNSEL FOR THE STATE/APPELLEE
APPEAL FROM CRIMINAL DISTRICT COURT ORLEANS PARISH
NO. 303-023, SECTION "A"
Honorable Laurie A. White, Judge
(Court composed of Chief Judge James F. McKay, III, Judge Edwin A. Lombard, Judge Rosemary Ledet) Katherine M. Franks
LOUISIANA APPELLATE PROJECT
P.O. Box 220
Madisonville, LA 70447
COUNSEL FOR THE APPELLANT/DEFENDANT Leon Cannizzaro
DISTRICT ATTORNEY, ORLEANS PARISH
CHIEF OF APPEALS, ORLEANS PARISH
ASSISTANT DISTRICT ATTORNEY, ORLEANS PARISH
619 S. White Street
New Orleans, LA 70119
COUNSEL FOR THE STATE/APPELLEE
The defendant, Glen Payne, seeks review of his corrected sentence, imposed by the district court pursuant to Miller v. Alabama, 567 U.S. 460, 132 S.Ct. 2455, 183 L.Ed.2d 407 (2012). For the reasons that follow, we affirm.
In 1984, Mr. Payne was convicted of second degree murder and sentenced to life imprisonment without the possibility of parole. At the time of the murder, Mr. Payne was a juvenile. After the United States Supreme Court's decision Montgomery v. Louisiana, 136 S.Ct. 718, 193 L.Ed.2d 599 (2016), which held Miller to be retroactive, Mr. Payne filed a motion to correct an illegal sentence. After a hearing, the district court granted Mr. Payne's motion and resentenced him to life imprisonment with the benefit of parole. Mr. Payne moved for and was granted an out-of-time appeal.
At the time, La. R.S. 15:574.4, which governs parole eligibility for juvenile defendants convicted of murder before Miller, provided for parole eligibility after thirty-five years. See Acts 2016, No. 509, § 3. After the district court resentenced Mr. Payne, the Legislature amended La. R.S. 15:574.4 to provide for parole eligibility after twenty-five years. See La. R.S. 15:574.4(G). See Acts 2017, No. 280, § 3.
In his sole assignment of error, Mr. Payne contends that "[t]he record does not contain either a minute entry for the [re]sentencing proceeding or the Uniform Commitment Order required by [La.] C.C[r].P. art. 892" and that the absence of these documents from the record "will adversely impact Mr. Payne's right to be immediately considered for parole if other conditions have been met."
During the pendency of this appeal, however, the State, with the consent of Mr. Payne's appellate counsel, appeared before the district court and requested that the court create a minute entry and a uniform commitment order reflecting that the district court had previously resentenced Mr. Payne to life imprisonment with the benefit of parole. The district court granted the State's request and supplemented the record on appeal accordingly. The assignment of error is, thus, moot.
See La. C.Cr.P. art. 916(2) (conferring on district courts jurisdiction to "[c]orrect an error or deficiency in the record" during the pendency of an appeal). Consistent with La. R.S. 15:574.4(G), both documents reflect that Mr. Payne is parole-eligible after serving twenty-five years of his sentence. --------
For the foregoing reasons, Mr. Payne's sentence is affirmed.