Sentencing Whiteboard: How Consecutive Felonies Are Served

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Today’s post explains the “single sentence rule” of G.S. 15A-1354(b), the law that tells the prison system how to administer consecutive felony sentences. Knowing the rule is essential to figuring out the release date and post-release supervision term for a defendant who receives consecutive sentences.

The video is longer than I would generally like for these things to be, but it takes a little time to spell out the full rule. One thing it does not address is the related question of whether a judge should take the single sentence rule into account when advising a defendant of the maximum possible sentence for his or her convictions. Jessie discussed that issue here.

3 comments on “Sentencing Whiteboard: How Consecutive Felonies Are Served

  1. […] 6–17 month sentences, the defendant would wind up with an aggregate sentence of 12–25 months (this video explains the statutory rule for aggregating felony sentences). That translates to 12–16 months in […]

  2. My son was convicted of 4 felonies with 4 consecutive sentences of 4 years and 5 years & 7 months each in 2009 for crimes committed in 2007. Does this apply to him and if so when will he be released? They have him set for release in 2024 on the DPS website. Is this correct?

  3. My son was convicted of 4 felonies with 4 consecutive sentences of 4 years and 5 years & 7 months each in 2009 for crimes committed in 2007. Does this apply to him and if so when will he be released? They have him set for release in 2024 on the DPS website. Is this correct? Please let us know one way or the other. Thank you.

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