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Dennis SOCHOR, Appellant, v. STATE of Florida, Appellee.

No. SC17–1343

Decided: January 30, 2018

Neal Dupree, Capital Collateral Regional Counsel, Jason Kruszka, Staff Attorney, and Rachel L. Day, Assistant Capital Collateral Regional Counsel, Southern Region, Fort Lauderdale, Florida, for Appellant Pamela Jo Bondi, Attorney General, Tallahassee, Florida, and Donna M. Perry, Assistant Attorney General, West Palm Beach, Florida, for Appellee

We have for review Dennis Sochor's appeal of the circuit court's order denying Sochor's motion filed pursuant to Florida Rule of Criminal Procedure 3.851. This Court has jurisdiction. See art. V, § 3(b)(1), Fla. Const.

Sochor's motion sought relief pursuant to the United States Supreme Court's decision in Hurst v. Florida, 136 S.Ct. 616 (2016), and our decision on remand in Hurst v. State (Hurst), 202 So. 3d 40 (Fla. 2016), cert. denied, 137 S.Ct. 2161 (2017). This Court stayed Sochor's appeal pending the disposition of Hitchcock v. State, 226 So. 3d 216 (Fla. 2017), cert. denied, 138 S.Ct. 513 (2017). After this Court decided Hitchcock, Sochor responded to this Court's order to show cause arguing why Hitchcock should not be dispositive in this case.

After reviewing Sochor's response to the order to show cause, as well as the State's arguments in reply, we conclude that Sochor is not entitled to relief. Sochor was sentenced to death following a jury's recommendation for death by a vote of ten to two. Sochor v. State, 619 So. 2d 285, 288 (Fla. 1993). Sochor's sentence of death became final in 1994. Sochor v. Florida, 510 U.S. 1025 (1994). Thus, Hurst does not apply retroactively to Sochor's sentence of death. See Hitchcock, 226 So. 3d at 217. Accordingly, we affirm the denial of Sochor's motion.

The Court having carefully considered all arguments raised by Sochor, we caution that any rehearing motion containing reargument will be stricken. It is so ordered.

I concur in result because I recognize that this Court's opinion in Hitchcock v. State, 226 So. 3d 216 (Fla. 2017), cert. denied, 138 S.Ct. 513 (2017), is now final. However, I continue to adhere to the views expressed in my dissenting opinion in Hitchcock.


LABARGA, C.J., and QUINCE, POLSTON, and LAWSON, JJ., concur. PARIENTE, J., concurs in result with an opinion. LEWIS and CANADY, JJ., concur in result.

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