No. WR-85,804-01.


Court of Criminal Appeals of Texas.

Attorney(s) appearing for the Case

Felix Valenzuela , for MARCO VELASQUEZ, Applicant.




Pursuant to the provisions of Article 11.07 of the Texas Code of Criminal Procedure, the clerk of the trial court transmitted to this Court this application for a writ of habeas corpus. Ex parte Young, 418 S.W.2d 824, 826 (Tex. Crim. App. 1967). Applicant was originally charged with capital murder. However, he entered an open plea of guilty to the lesser offense of murder, and was sentenced to twenty-five years' imprisonment. Applicant did not appeal his sentence.

On October 3, 2016, this Court received Applicant's application for writ of habeas corpus, in which he alleged that the trial court erred and denied him equal protection of the law in sentencing, that his trial counsel was ineffective, and that his plea was not knowingly and voluntarily entered. On November 2, 2016, this Court remanded this application to the trial court for findings of fact and conclusions of law. On October 19, 2016, the trial court made findings of fact and conclusions of law, recommending that relief be denied. On November 28, 2016, this Court received the supplemental record from El Paso County. On January 11, 2017, this Court denied relief without written order on the findings of the trial court.

On January 9, 2017, however, this Court received a second supplemental record containing, among other things, an order signed by the trial court on November 18, 2016, granting Applicant's motion to reconsider the trial court's prior findings of fact and conclusions of law. The second supplemental record also contained amended findings of fact and conclusions of law from the trial court, this time recommending that relief be granted.

This Court's denial of relief without written order on the trial court's findings of fact on January 11, 2017, was erroneous. Therefore, that disposition is withdrawn.

However, the trial court's amended findings of fact, conclusions of law, and recommendation to grant relief are not supported by the record. After conducting an independent review of all the evidence in the record, we deny relief.


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