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In this case, appellant, William Ray Phillips II, was charged with failing to register as a sex offender. See TEX. CODE CRIM. PROC. ANN. art. § 62.102 (West 2006). Prior to trial, appellant was determined to be indigent and attorney Seth Sutton was appointed to represent appellant. However, a few days later, appellant signed a waiver of his right to counsel in the case pending against him. The trial court allowed appellant to represent himself; however, Sutton remained assigned to assist appellant as stand-by counsel. At the conclusion of the trial, the jury convicted appellant of the charged offense, and the trial court assessed punishment at ten years' incarceration in the Institutional Division of the Texas Department of Criminal Justice. This sentence was ordered to run consecutively with another conviction in the United State District Court for the Western District of Texas—Cause #W-02-CR-117(01). After the trial court certified his right of appeal, appellant filed a pro se notice of appeal.