STATE v. SHELTERS

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Court of Appeals of Oregon.

STATE of Oregon, Plaintiff-Respondent, v. William Edward SHELTERS, Defendant-Appellant.

109400408, A130463.

Decided: November 07, 2007

Before HASELTON, Presiding Judge, and ARMSTRONG and ROSENBLUM, Judges. Peter A. Ozanne, Executive Director, Peter Gartlan, Chief Defender, Legal Services Division, and Louis R. Miles, Deputy Public Defender, Office of Public Defense Services, filed the brief for appellant. Hardy Myers, Attorney General, Mary H. Williams, Solicitor General, and David B. Thompson, Senior Assistant Attorney General, filed the brief for respondent.

  Defendant was convicted of one count of first-degree sodomy, ORS 163.405, and one count of second-degree sodomy, ORS 163.395, based on crimes committed between 1987 and 1989.   In 1994, the trial court imposed dangerous offender sentences on both convictions pursuant to ORS 161.725 to 161.737.   This case is currently on direct appeal because that remedy was ordered in a collateral proceeding.   On appeal, defendant asserts that the sentencing court erred in imposing dangerous offender sentences based upon judicial factfinding, in violation of his rights under the Sixth Amendment to the United States Constitution.   See Blakely v. Washington, 542 U.S. 296, 124 S.Ct. 2531, 159 L.Ed.2d 403 (2004);  Apprendi v. New Jersey, 530 U.S. 466, 120 S.Ct. 2348, 147 L.Ed.2d 435 (2000).   We agree.  State v. Warren, 195 Or.App. 656, 98 P.3d 1129 (2004), rev. den., 340 Or. 201, 131 P.3d 195 (2006) (dangerous offender sentencing based upon judicial factfinding violates Sixth Amendment).

 Although the issue is unpreserved, defendant contends that it is error apparent on the face of the record and that this court should exercise its discretion to review it.   See generally State v. Ramirez, 205 Or.App. 113, 133 P.3d 343, adhered to on recons., 207 Or.App. 1, 139 P.3d 981 (2006), rev. allowed, 342 Or. 256, 151 P.3d 930 (2007) (correcting similar unpreserved error);  State v. Jury, 185 Or.App. 132, 57 P.3d 970 (2002), rev. den., 335 Or. 504, 72 P.3d 636 (2003) (whether error is apparent is determined by reference to the law as of the time the appeal is decided).

Although the state maintains that Ramirez was decided incorrectly, it acknowledges that this case is controlled by Ramirez.   For the reason set forth in Ramirez, we exercise our discretion to correct the error.

Sentences vacated;  remanded for resentencing;  otherwise affirmed.

PER CURIAM.