Court of Criminal Appeals Opinions

Format: 10/22/2014
Format: 10/22/2014
03C01-9510-CC-00322
Authoring Judge:
Trial Court Judge: James Edward Beckner
Hamblen County Court of Criminal Appeals 07/15/96
03C01-9508-CR-00224
Authoring Judge:
Trial Court Judge: Russell C. Hinson
Hamilton County Court of Criminal Appeals 07/15/96
03C01-9506-CC-00179
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Greene County Court of Criminal Appeals 07/15/96
03C01-9509-CC-00270
Authoring Judge:
Trial Court Judge: R. Steven Bebb
Monroe County Court of Criminal Appeals 07/11/96
03C01-9505-CR-00150
Authoring Judge:
Trial Court Judge: James E. Beckner
Greene County Court of Criminal Appeals 07/11/96
03C01-9311-CR-00370
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Polk County Court of Criminal Appeals 07/11/96
State vs. Estenico Slayton
02C01-9703-CC-00117
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Dyer County Court of Criminal Appeals 07/11/96
01C01-9503-CC-00095
Authoring Judge:
Trial Court Judge: W. Lee Asbury
Fentress County Court of Criminal Appeals 07/11/96
State of Tennessee v. Timmy L. Laster
03C01-9507-CR-00194
Authoring Judge: Judge William M. Barker
Trial Court Judge: Judge Mary Beth Leibowitz

The appellant, Timmy L. Laster, entered pleas of guilty to three counts of especially aggravated kidnapping, a class A felony, two counts of aggravated assault, a class C felony, and one count of aggravated burglary, a class C felony. He was sentenced as a Range I, standard offender to twenty-two years for each of the three especially aggravated kidnappings in case number 55799; one of the sentences is to run consecutively to the others, for an effective total of forty-four years. He was sentenced as a Range II, multiple offender to concurrent six year sentences for the aggravated assault and the aggravated burglary in case number 55800, and to six years for the aggravated assault in case number 55801.2 The six-year sentence for the aggravated burglary in case number 55800 is to run consecutively to the sentences in case number 55799. The total
effective sentence is fifty-six years in the Department of Correction.


On appeal, the appellant contends that the trial court applied an improper enhancement factor, failed to apply appropriate mitigating factors, and erroneously imposed consecutive sentences. He also argues that the trial court’s failure to apply the purposes and principles of sentencing resulted in a sentence that was not reasonably related to the seriousness of the offenses. We find no error and affirm the judgments of the trial court.

Knox County Court of Criminal Appeals 07/09/96
State of Tennessee v. Bobby Love
01C01-9306-CC-00190
Authoring Judge: Judge C. Creed McGinley
Trial Court Judge: Judge James L. Weatherford

Appellant, Bobby Love, was convicted in Maury County Circuit Court of the crime of aggravated assault, a Class C felony, by a jury. The trial court found that appellant was a standard offender and imposed a Range I sentence of confinement for six years in the Department of Correction and ordered restitution to the victim.

Maury County Court of Criminal Appeals 07/05/96
In Re: Petition of Danny Blankenship Bonding Company
01C01-9505-CR-00135
Authoring Judge: Presiding Judge Joe B. Jones
Trial Court Judge: Judge Jane W. Wheatcraft

The appellant, Danny A. Blankenship, doing business as Danny Blankenship Bonding Company, sought permission from the trial court to write bail bonds in Sumner County. The proposed resident representative of the company in Sumner County was the appellant, Glen M. Davis. In the event Davis was not available to write a bond, the proposed substitute was Richard L. Gregory, an employee of the bonding company and also an appellant in this case. The trial court denied the application because Blankenship did not possess sufficient personal assets to support his company’s writing of bail bonds in the general sessions and criminal courts of Sumner County. The appellants appeal as of right from this judgment. Since the evidence supports the findings made by the trial court, the judgment is affirmed.

Sumner County Court of Criminal Appeals 07/05/96
W2002-02086-CCA-R3-CO
Authoring Judge: Judge Norma McGee Ogle
Trial Court Judge: Chris B. Craft
Shelby County Court of Criminal Appeals 06/28/96
03C01-9510-CC-00307
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Carter County Court of Criminal Appeals 06/28/96