you haven't provided enough information to properly evaluate your question. an appeal must be taken within 30 days of a sentencing. has he been sentenced? if so, when?
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I think probably an appellate attorney might have said that an appeal can take up to a year. If he has an attorney, he should speak with his attorney.
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As a general proposition, people have 30 days to file their notice of appeal, not one year. Go sit down with some local attorneys immediately and go into the full facts of the case to see if there's a shot.
He can always appeal - provided it is done in a timely fashion.
As to the issues we need more facts. Armed robbery is properly charged where someone either had a gun / weapon, or armed themselves during the course of an otherwise unarmed robbery or was an unarmed "principal" (a knowing participant) to a robbery where someone else was or became armed. (The principal theory holds all participants equally responsible for the actions of their co-defendants, but, in order to be enhanced - to get 10-20-LIFE - the defendant needs to be actually armed.)
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