MONTALVO v. STATE

Reset A A Font size: Print

Eliud Martir MONTALVO, Appellant, v. STATE of Florida, Appellee.

Case No. 5D17–39

Decided: June 23, 2017

Eliud Martir Montalvo, Milton, pro se. Pamela Jo Bondi, Attorney General, Tallahassee, and Kristen L. Davenport, Assistant Attorney General, Daytona Beach, for Appellee.

Eliud Martir Montalvo appeals the summary denial of his motion for postconviction relief filed pursuant to Florida Rule of Criminal Procedure 3.850. Because the trial court erroneously denied Montalvo's timely filed amended motion, we reverse and remand.

Montalvo filed a timely rule 3.850 motion asserting numerous claims. The trial court struck the motion, giving him leave to amend within sixty days, because he failed to allege how he was prejudiced. Montalvo timely moved for an extension of time to file his amended motion. The trial court granted the motion and gave Montalvo until September 12, 2016, to file his amended motion. Pursuant to the mailbox rule in Florida Rule of Appellate Procedure 9.420, as evidenced by the prison mail stamp, Montalvo filed his amended postconviction motion on July 29, 2016. However, for reasons not apparent from the record, the motion was not docketed by the clerk of court until December 8, 2016. That same day, apparently unaware that an amended motion had been filed, the trial court entered an order denying the original motion, concluding that Montalvo had “failed to amend his motion for postconviction relief.”

Based on the prison mail stamp, the amended motion was timely. Therefore, we reverse and remand for the trial court to consider the timely filed amended rule 3.850 motion.

REVERSED and REMANDED.

PER CURIAM.

COHEN, C.J., ORFINGER and EDWARDS, JJ., concur.

Copied to clipboard