(a) Authority of Court.--When multiple sentences of imprisonment are imposed on a
person at the same time or when a term of imprisonment is imposed on a person who
is already subject to an undischarged term of imprisonment, including a term of imprisonment
in another jurisdiction, the sentences may run either concurrently or consecutively,
as determined by the court. If not specified or not required by statute to run consecutively, sentences shall
(b) Effect of Consecutive Terms.--In determining the effect of consecutive sentences
imposed under authority of this Article and the manner in which they will be served,
the Division of Adult Correction and Juvenile Justice of the Department of Public
Safety must treat the defendant as though he has been committed for a single term
with the following incidents:
(1) The maximum prison sentence consists of the total of the maximum terms of the
consecutive sentences, less 12 months for each of the second and subsequent sentences
imposed for Class B through Class E felonies, or less 60 months for each second or
subsequent Class B1 through E felony for which the sentence was established pursuant
to G.S. 15A-1340.17(f), and less nine months for each of the second and subsequent sentences imposed for
Class F through Class I felonies; and
(2) The minimum term consists of the total of the minimum terms of the consecutive
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