Mahone v. Prudden
OPINION MEMORANDUM AND ORDER - IT IS HEREBY ORDERED that petitioners petition for writ of habeas corpus pursuant to 28 U.S.C. § 2254 is DENIED, and this action is DISMISSED. IT IS FURTHER ORDERED that the Court will not issue a certificate of appealability. An Order of Dismissal will be filed forthwith. Signed by District Judge Henry Edward Autrey on 2/9/17. (KJS)
UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
EASTERN DISTRICT OF MISSOURI
MICHAEL A. MAHONE,
No. 4:16CV1870 HEA
OPINION, MEMORANDUM AND ORDER
The Court ordered petitioner to show cause why his petition should not be denied as
barred by the statute of limitations. After reviewing petitioner’s response, the Court finds that
this action should be dismissed. See 28 U.S.C. § 2254, Rule 4.
On April 26, 2011, petitioner was indicted on one charge of theft/stealing of property or
services valued above $500. Missouri v. Mahone, No. 1122-CR01559-01 (St. Louis City). He
pled guilty on May 9, 2012. On October 26, 2012, the court sentenced him to seven years’
imprisonment. He did not file an appeal.
Petitioner did not file a Rule 24.035 motion until September 12, 2016. Mahone v.
Missouri, No. 1622-CC10512 (St. Louis City). The motion is currently pending before the court.
Petitioner filed the instant petition on November 21, 2016, which is the date he placed it
in the prison mail system.
Under 28 U.S.C. § 2244(d):
(1) A 1 year period of limitation shall apply to an application for a writ of habeas
corpus by a person in custody pursuant to the judgment of a State court. The
limitation period shall run from the latest of
(A) the date on which the judgment became final by the conclusion
of direct review or the expiration of the time for seeking such
(B) the date on which the impediment to filing an application
created by State action in violation of the Constitution or laws of
the United States is removed, if the applicant was prevented from
filing by such State action;
(C) the date on which the constitutional right asserted was initially
recognized by the Supreme Court, if the right has been newly
recognized by the Supreme Court and made retroactively
applicable to cases on collateral review; or
(D) the date on which the factual predicate of the claim or claims
presented could have been discovered through the exercise of due
(2) The time during which a properly filed application for State post conviction or
other collateral review with respect to the pertinent judgment or claim is pending
shall not be counted toward any period of limitation under this subsection.
Petitioner’s judgment became final on November 5, 2012, which was ten days after the
judgment was entered. See Mo. R. Civ. P. § 81.04(a). He did not take any action on the
judgment until September 2016. So, the limitations period expired on November 5, 2013.
Petitioner argues that the petition is timely for two reasons. First, he claims that a recent
decision from the Missouri Supreme Court, Missouri v. Bazell, 497 S.W.3d 263 (Mo. banc
September 20, 2016), reopened the time for filing the petition. Second, he claims he filed a
timely motion for postconviction relief after his sentence became final.
Bazell cannot reopen the time for filing a federal habeas petition under § 2244(d)(1)(C)
because it was not issued by the United States Supreme Court. Therefore, petitioner’s first
Despite petitioner’s attention to the contrary, he did not file a timely motion for
postconviction relief. He says he filed a timely motion for postconviction relief on April 15,
2013, Mahone v. Missouri, No. 13SL-CC01449 (St. Louis County). However, that motion
contested the validity of his 2008 conviction for forgery, Missouri v. Mahone, No. 08SLCR01376-01 (St. Louis County). So, he has failed to show that this action was timely filed, and
the petition must be denied.
Finally, petitioner has failed to demonstrate that jurists of reason would find it debatable
whether the petition is untimely. Thus, the Court will not issue a certificate of appealability. 28
U.S.C. § 2253(c).
IT IS HEREBY ORDERED that petitioner’s petition for writ of habeas corpus pursuant
to 28 U.S.C. § 2254 is DENIED, and this action is DISMISSED.
IT IS FURTHER ORDERED that the Court will not issue a certificate of appealability.
An Order of Dismissal will be filed forthwith.
Dated this 9th day of February, 2017
HENRY EDWARD AUTREY
UNITED STATES DISTRICT JUDGE
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