Cruz-Quintanilla v. State, 228 Md. App. 64 (2016)

Cruz-Quintanilla v. State, 228 Md. App. 64 (2016) (Court of Appeals affirmed Court of Special Appeals on July 31, 2017) affirmed the use of a gang experts testimony during a sentencing hearing. The Court found that it was properly within the sentencing judge’s discretion whether or not to consider evidence regarding the nature and activities of MS-13 as it pertained to the court’s consideration of the defendant’s character. The appellate court was not requested to consider the sentence of incarceration followed by five (5) years probation with the special condition the defendant not be involved in any gang activity or be a member of any gang.