applied for. Guilty plea. Bibb Superior Court. Before Judge
Alfonza McKeever, Jr., pro se .
David Cooke, Jr., District Attorney, Cara R. Fiore, Assistant
District Attorney, for appellee.
Judges: MCFADDEN, Chief Judge. McMillian,
P.J., and Senior Appellate Judge Herbert E. Phipps concur.
McFadden, Chief Judge.
Alfonza McKeever, Jr., acting pro se, brings this timely
direct appeal from the trial court's judgment of
conviction following McKeever's entry of an
Alford plea. See North Carolina v. Alford,
400 U.S. 25 (91 S.Ct. 160, 27 L.Ed.2d 162) (1970).
McKeever's appellate briefing is severely deficient, but
as best we can discern, pursuant to our obligations under
Felix v. State, 271 Ga. 534 (523 S.E.2d 1)
(1999), McKeever's claims of error
fall into three general categories. His challenge to the
voluntariness of his guilty plea cannot be resolved on the
record. His challenge to the trial court's jurisdiction
over him has no merit. And he waived appellate review
over his various other claims of trial court error by virtue
of his guilty plea. So we affirm.
Facts and procedural posture.
November 13, 2018, McKeever was indicted for, among other
things, violating the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt
Organizations Act ("RICO"), OCGA � 16-14-4
(c), predicated on allegations that he engaged in acts of
insurance fraud, theft by deception, and identity fraud that
involved making false claims about car accidents. This was a
reindictment following the state's dismissal of a 2017
indictment of McKeever for the same offenses under a
different case number, and during the course of the
proceedings under the earlier indictment the trial court had
granted McKeever's request to represent himself.
trial court made a number of pre-trial rulings, including
denying McKeever's request to continue a January 14, 2019
trial date. On the day of trial, McKeever
again asked for a continuance,[353 Ga.App. 265] arguing that
he was not prepared to proceed, and the trial court again
denied the request, informing McKeever that he could either
proceed to trial or enter a guilty plea. After engaging in a