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Commonwealth v. Lydon (Lawyers Weekly No. 10-089-17)

NOTICE:  All slip opinions and orders are subject to formal revision and are superseded by the advance sheets and bound volumes of the Official Reports.  If you find a typographical error or other formal error, please notify the Reporter of Decisions, Supreme Judicial Court, John Adams Courthouse, 1 Pemberton Square, Suite 2500, Boston, MA, 02108-1750; (617) 557-1030;   SJC-12289   COMMONWEALTH  vs.  DAVID LYDON.     May 26, 2017.     Imprisonment, Credit for time served.  Practice, Criminal, Sentence, Judicial discretion.     The defendant, David Lydon, appeals from an order denying his motion for credit for time being served in a house of correction for one set of offenses, while he was awaiting trial and sentencing in the Superior Court on a second, unrelated set of offenses.  The Appeals Court affirmed the denial of the motion in a unpublished memorandum and order issued pursuant to its rule 1:28, see Commonwealth v. Lydon, 90 Mass. App. Ct. 1118 (2017), and this court granted further appellate review.  Although the defendant is not entitled as of right to the credit he seeks, we recognize that in appropriate circumstances a judge has discretion to impose a concurrent State prison sentence nunc pro tunc to the commencement of a house of correction sentence then being served.  Because the judge did not consider whether to exercise his discretion in that regard, we vacate the order, and remand for further consideration.   Discussion.  While the defendant was on probation for various drug offenses (Roxbury charges), he was arrested and arraigned in the District Court for three new robbery offenses, for which he later was indicted and arraigned in the Superior Court (Dorchester charges).  About five weeks after his arrest on the Dorchester charges, the defendant stipulated to violation of the conditions of his probation, was sentenced on the Roxbury charges, and began serving a six-month committed sentence in the house of correction.  One hundred and thirty-two days later (while he was serving the Roxbury sentence), he pleaded guilty to the Dorchester charges, and was given a committed sentence to State prison “forthwith and notwithstanding” the Roxbury sentence.  The sentencing judge credited against the Dorchester sentence the thirty-six days the defendant had been held before sentencing on the Roxbury charges, but denied the defendant’s motion for additional credit for the 132 days he already had served on the existing Roxbury sentence.   The defendant does not argue that he was entitled as of right to a 132-day jail credit on the Dorchester sentence.  Instead, his claim is that a judge has discretion to authorize such credit in these circumstances for two reasons:  first, under Commonwealth v. Ridge, 470 Mass. 1024, 1025 (2015), a judge has discretion […]


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