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Criminal Practice – Guilty Plea – Aggravating Factors – Aggravated Sentence – Restitution – Vacated (access required)

State v. Rico Even though the parties’ plea agreement included a sentence in the aggravated range, defendant’s original aggravated sentence was invalid as a matter of law because the trial judge imposed the sentence simply because it was called for by the plea agreement. The judge failed to make any findings as to aggravating factors and failed to exercise his discretion in determining whether an aggravated sentence was appropriate, as required by the Structured Sentencing Act. The judgment against defendant is vacated and remanded.

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