Prince v. United States, 352 U.S. 322, 77 S.Ct. 403, 1 L.Ed.2d 370 (1957) is directly in point and determines decision in the above-styled appeal. In Prince, the United States Supreme Court held that the first of two counts of the federal bank robbery statute (Title 18, U.S.C. § 2113(a)
The court said:
Defendant in this appeal pled guilty to each of two counts under this same statute in each of two bank robberies. The two sentences for the robbery counts were made to run consecutively and total forty years.
The sentences for the entering with intent to steal counts were likewise made consecutive to each other, but were made to run concurrently with the robbery sentences. The sentences for entering with intent to steal total thirty-five years.
On May 6, 1963, defendant pro se filed motions under Rule 35 in both cases attacking the sentences pertaining to entering with intent to steal. The District Judge denied these motions, holding that the total sentences applied to defendant "were within the maximum permissible on each information. Accordingly the defendant is not prejudiced in any way."
On appeal appellee, United States of America, offers little to dispute the illegality of the two sentences under attack,
Appellant cannot dispute this latter contention but does contend that the multiple sentences may prejudice his application for parole — when, as, and if he becomes eligible for same.
The sentences attacked herein are for offenses which merged completely into the robbery counts when the robberies were completed. The sentences for robbery are the longer ones, but we cannot dismiss this appeal as frivolous, since this court has previously held: "[I]t is well understood that a multiplicity of sentences impairs a prisoner's opportunities for pardon or parole." Hibdon v. United States, 204 F.2d 834, 839, 37 A.L.R.2d 1130 (C.A.6, 1953). See also Audett v. United States, 265 F.2d 837, 848 (C.A.9, 1959), cert. denied, 361 U.S. 815, 80 S.Ct. 54, 4 L.Ed.2d 62 (1959), rehearing denied, 361 U.S. 926, 80 S.Ct. 290, 4 L.Ed.2d 241 (1960); United States v. Leather, 271 F.2d 80 (C.A.7, 1959), cert. denied, 363 U.S. 831, 80 S.Ct. 1602, 4 L.Ed.2d 1525 (1960).
Procedurally, as we have noted, these motions were filed under Rule 35 of the Federal Rules of Criminal Procedure which provides: "The court may correct an illegal sentence at any time." Heflin v. United States, 358 U.S. 415, 79 S.Ct. 451, 3 L.Ed.2d 407 (1959); Duggins v. United States, 240 F.2d 479 (C.A.6, 1957). The record before us is sufficient to establish that these sentences are illegal. Cf. Johnson v. United States of America, 334 F.2d 880 (C.A.6, 1964).
Reversed and remanded for vacating the two sentences pertaining to the entering with intent counts.
"Shall be fined not more than $5,000 or imprisoned not more than twenty years, or both." Title 18 U.S.C. § 2113 (a).
In Case No. 10348 appellee was sentenced in the District Court to "fifteen years on each of Counts I and II of the Information, to be served concurrently with each other but to be served consecutively with the sentence imposed in Case No. 10345 Criminal. (Total sentence 40 years)."