FILED: July 27, 2005

IN THE COURT OF APPEALS OF THE STATE OF OREGON

STATE OF OREGON,

Respondent,

v.

WALTER LEE MANLEY, JR.,

Appellant.

02051107; A121672

Appeal from Circuit Court, Linn County.

Glen Baisinger, Judge.

Submitted on record and briefs June 27, 2005.

Patrick M. Ebbett and Chilton, Ebbett & Rohr, LLC, filed the brief for appellant.

Hardy Myers, Attorney General, and Mary H. Williams, Solicitor General, and Christina M. Hutchins, Assistant Attorney General, filed the brief for respondent.

Before Landau, Presiding Judge, and Brewer, Chief Judge,* and Armstrong, Judge.

PER CURIAM

Sentence vacated; remanded for resentencing; otherwise affirmed.

*Brewer, C. J., vice Richardson, S. J.

PER CURIAM

Defendant was convicted of one count of theft in the first degree. ORS 164.055. The trial court imposed an upward durational departure sentence, based on a finding of "persistent involvement in similar offenses." On appeal, defendant challenges only the sentence, arguing that, under Blakely v. Washington, 542 US 296, 124 S Ct 2531, 159 L Ed 2d 403 (2004), and Apprendi v. New Jersey, 530 US 466, 120 S Ct 2348, 147 L Ed 2d 435 (2000), the court erred in imposing a departure sentence based on facts that defendant did not admit and that the court did not submit to a jury. He concedes that he did not advance such a challenge to the trial court, but argues that the sentence should be reviewed as plain error. The state concedes that, under our decisions in State v. Gornick, 196 Or App 397, 102 P3d 734 (2004), rev allowed, 338 Or 583 (2005), and State v. Perez, 196 Or App 364, 102 P3d 705 (2004), rev allowed, 338 Or 488 (2005), the sentence is plainly erroneous. We accept the state's concession and, for the reasons discussed in those cases, exercise our discretion to correct the error.

Sentence vacated; remanded for resentencing; otherwise affirmed.


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