CHRISTAN STARKES v. STATE OF FLORIDA

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District Court of Appeal of Florida, First District.

CHRISTAN STARKES, Appellant, v. STATE OF FLORIDA, Appellee.

CASE NO. 1D17-0479

Decided: December 21, 2017

Christan Starkes, pro se, Appellant. Pamela Jo Bondi, Attorney General, and Jennifer J. Moore, Assistant Attorney General, Tallahassee, for Appellee.

Christan Starkes appeals the denial of his original and supplemental rule 3.850 motions. The motions, filed in April and May 2016, challenged convictions entered on May 3, 2012. The trial court concluded the rule 3.850 motions were filed more than two years after the convictions became final, meaning they were untimely. See Fla. R. Crim. P. 3.850(b) (establishing two-year deadline). But because Starkes appealed the two convictions (see Case No. 1D13-4795), the clock did not start running until this court affirmed and the mandate issued in March 2015. See Knowles v. State, 41 So. 3d 332, 333 (Fla. 1st DCA 2010). Thus, Starkes's rule 3.850 motions were timely filed in 2016. We therefore reverse and remand so that the trial court can address the motions on their merits.*

REVERSED and REMANDED.

FOOTNOTES

FOOTNOTE.   Starkes appealed after the court denied his motion to withdraw plea. Cf. Fla. R. App. P. 9.140(b)(2) (authorizing certain direct appeals from guilty pleas). The State argues that Starkes's motion to withdraw plea was not timely filed, but the State cites to the wrong motion. Starkes filed a timely motion to withdraw plea in June 2012, which was the subject of his earlier appeal. His later, untimely motion is not at issue.

PER CURIAM.

B.L. THOMAS, C.J., and OSTERHAUS and WINSOR, JJ., CONCUR.