Gatesville: Robbery conviction appeal rejected as frivolous

Published: Nov. 11, 2019 at 5:34 PM CST
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Unpersuaded by his argument, judges on the 10th Court of Appeals rejected a Coryell County man’s request for relief, saying it “presents no issues of arguable merit.”

The judges’ order states “we affirm the trial court’s Judgment of Conviction by Jury signed on June 19, 2019,” in the case of Lance Roberto Stennis, who was found guilty of aggravated robbery in 440th District Court was and sentenced to 10 years in prison.

After Stennis’ attorney filed an Anders brief and asked to be removed from the case, he advised Stennis of his right to both review the record and to submit a response on his own behalf.

The court’s order notes Stennis did not submit a response.

“Counsel asserts in the Anders brief that counsel has made a thorough review of the entire record, including the indictment, the sufficiency of the evidence, accomplice testimony, the jury charge, and the deadly weapon finding,” the court stated.

Arguments are frivolous when they "cannot conceivably persuade the court," the court said, and “Having carefully reviewed the entire record and the Anders brief, we have determined that this appeal is frivolous.”

Stennis may seek a further review of his case by the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals, but he must either retain an attorney to file a petition for discretionary review or must file a pro se petition for discretionary review, the court’s order says.

Stennis remains in state prison.

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