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JAMES D. YOUNG, ADMINISTRATOR, ESTATE OF ALVA L. YOUNG, v. JERE R. YOUNG

Court: TCA

Attorneys:

Gary D. Copas, Nashville, Tennessee, for Appellant, Jere R. Young.

Randy Wakefield, Carthage, Tennessee, for Appellee, James D. Young.

Judge: FRANKS

In this Estate, the Executor sued a legatee for a debt owing the Deceased. The parties settled that action by an Order stating that the indebtedness owed to the Decedent by the legatee at the time of death would be treated as an advancement to the legatee in the distribution of the Estate. In the final accounting by the Special Master, the Master found that the legatee defendant owed the Estate $45,942.64. This finding was concurred in by the Trial Court and, on appeal, we affirm the Judgment of the Trial Court.

http://www.tba2.org/tba_files/TCA/2008/youngj_110308.pdf


STATE OF TENNESSEE v. JERRY WAYNE LANKFORD

Court: TCCA

Attorneys:

William C. Donaldson, Madisonville, Tennessee, for the appellant, Jerry Wayne Lankford.

Robert E. Cooper, Jr., Attorney General and Reporter; Leslie E. Price, Assistant Attorney General; R. Steven Bebb, District Attorney General; and James H. Stutts, Assistant District Attorney General, for the appellee, State of Tennessee.

Judge: MCMULLEN

A McMinn County Circuit Court jury found the Defendant-Appellant, Jerry Wayne Lankford (hereinafter "Lankford"), guilty of aggravated burglary, a Class C felony, and theft of property over $1,000, a Class D felony. As a Range III, persistent offender, Lankford was sentenced to twelve years for aggravated burglary and ten years for theft of property, to be served consecutively, for an effective sentence of twenty-two years' confinement in the Department of Correction. In this appeal, Lankford argues: (1) the evidence did not adequately support the aggravated burglary conviction; and (2) the trial court erred when it determined that a prior aggravated burglary conviction was admissible for impeachment purposes. Upon a thorough review of the record and applicable law, we affirm the judgments of the trial court.

http://www.tba2.org/tba_files/TCCA/2008/lankfordj_110308.pdf


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