Judge Requests Feb.1 Sentencing Date in Christian Newsom Conviction

Knox County Criminal Court Judge Jon Kerry Blackwood sent a letter to state and defense attorneys asking to schedule Vanessa Coleman’s sentencing date for Feb.1. Judge Blackwood also stated he would hear defense attorney Theodore Lavit's motion for a new trial at that time. Coleman, who was convinced of 13 of 17 counts related to facilitation of the Christian Newsom murders, could receive up to 45 years in prison.