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Date: 03-24-2020

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STATE OF KANSAS v. CEDRIC YWAIN PETERSON

Case Number: 119314

Judge: PATRICK D. MCANANY

Court: SUPREME COURT OF THE STATE OF KANSAS

Plaintiff's Attorney: Michelle L. Brown, assistant county attorney, and Derek Schmidt,

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In July 2017, Peterson filed a motion to correct an illegal sentence, arguing that his
hard 25 was disproportionate under federal and state constitutional bans on cruel and
unusual punishment. He also argued that the district judge erred by imposing lifetime
postrelease supervision.
The district judge agreed that Peterson should not be subject to lifetime postrelease
supervision and issued a nunc pro tunc order amending Peterson's journal entry of
sentencing. The district judge rejected Peterson's constitutional challenge to the hard 25.
Peterson now appeals to this court, continuing to challenge his hard 25 as a
violation of the Eighth Amendment to the United States Constitution and § 9 of the
Kansas Constitution Bill of Rights. He contends that the sentence is "grossly
disproportionate" because he had no previous criminal history and entered a no contest
plea.
This court will not consider the merits of Peterson's constitutional arguments,
because a motion to correct an illegal sentence is an improper vehicle for them. "[T]his
court has repeatedly held a motion to correct an illegal sentence . . . cannot raise claims
that [a] sentence violates a constitutional provision." State v. Donahue, 309 Kan. 265,
267, 434 P.3d 230 (2019); see also State v. Bryant, 310 Kan. 920, 922, 453 P.3d 279
(2019); State v. Moncla, 301 Kan. 549, 553-54, 343 P.3d 1161 (2015).

Outcome: Affirmed

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