Acree to lead Tennessee Judicial Conference

Circuit Court Judge William B. Acree Jr. has been elected president of the 178-member Tennessee Judicial Conference, which includes all state appellate and trial court judges. Acree, who serves the 27th Judicial District (including Obion and Weakley counties), succeeds Tennessee Court of Criminal Appeals Judge D. Kelly Thomas Jr. of Maryville. Other new TJC officers include 20th Judicial District Chancellor Carol L. McCoy, who is the first female president-elect of the conference. She will take office in June 2009. Other officers elected were Vice President James C. Beasley Jr. of the 30th Judicial District; Secretary Mark Ward, judge on the 30th Judicial District Criminal Court; and Treasurer Roy Morgan Jr., judge on the 26th Judicial District Circuit Court. Read more about these new leaders on the AOC's web site:

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William E. Griffith, Nashville, Tennessee, for the Appellant, Lovard D. Horton.

Robert E. Cooper, Jr., Attorney General and Reporter; Michael E. Moore, Solicitor General; Leslie E. Price, Assistant Attorney General; Victor S. Johnson, III, District Attorney General; Tammy H. Meade, Assistant District Attorney General, for the Appellee, State of Tennessee.


The Defendant, Lovard D. Horton, pled guilty to two counts of conspiracy to sell 300 grams or more of cocaine, possession with intent to sell seventy pounds or more of marijuana, and possession with intent to sell or deliver 300 pounds or more of marijuana within 1000 feet of a school zone. The trial court sentenced the Defendant pursuant to the plea agreement to an effective sentence of twenty-eight years in prison. The Defendant filed a motion to reduce his sentence, which the trial court denied. On appeal, the Defendant contends the trial court erred when it denied his motion. Finding no error, we affirm the judgment of the trial court.


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