Carnel Lavan Bryant was convicted of armed robbery and other crimes, and we affirmed his convictions on appeal. Bryant v. State, 304 Ga.App. 755 (697 S.E.2d 860) (2010). He later filed a "Motion to Correct Null and Void/Illegal Sentence Under Newly Discover[ed] Evidence." The trial court denied the motion, and Bryant filed this application for discretionary review in the Supreme Court, which subsequently transferred it here.
An appeal may lie from an order denying or dismissing a motion to correct a void sentence if the defendant raises a colorable claim that the sentence is, in fact, void or illegal. Harper v. State, 286 Ga. 216, 217 (1), n. 1 (686 S.E.2d 786) (2009). "Motions to vacate a void sentence generally are limited to claims that — even assuming the existence and validity of the conviction for which the sentence was imposed — the law does not authorize that sentence, most typically because it exceeds the most severe punishment for which the applicable penal statute provides." von Thomas v. State, 293 Ga. 569, 572 (2) (748 S.E.2d 446) (2013). When a sentence is within the statutory range of punishment, it is not void. Jones v. State, 278 Ga. 669, 670 (604 S.E.2d 483) (2004).
In his motion, Bryant did not argue that his sentence exceeded legal limits. Instead, he claimed that he was denied the right to counsel during pretrial showup identifications.