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Posted by: Tanja Trezise on Apr 27, 2012

Court: TN Court of Criminal Appeals

Attorneys 1:

Vanedda Prince Webb, Dyersburg, Tennessee, for the appellant, Steven Van Tucker.

Attorneys 2:

Robert E. Cooper, Jr., Attorney General and Reporter; Brent C. Cherry, Assistant Attorney General; C. Phillip Bivens, District Attorney General; and Julie Pillow, Assistant District Attorney General, for the appellee, the State of Tennessee.

Judge(s): WOODALL

Defendant, Steven Van Tucker, was convicted of the indicted charge of theft of property valued greater than one thousand dollars and less than ten thousand dollars, a Class D felony. Defendant was sentenced by the trial court to twelve years as a career offender. On appeal, Defendant asserts that 1) the trial court erred in denying Defendant’s objections to the State’s challenges of three African-American jurors under Batson v. Kentucky, 476 U.S. 79, 106 S. Ct. 1712 (1986); 2) the evidence at trial was insufficient to support Defendant’s conviction; 3) the trial court erred in admitting Defendant’s prior convictions for impeachment purposes; and 4) the trial court improperly denied Defendant’s request to be sentenced to Community Corrections. After a careful review of the entire record, we affirm the judgment of the trial court.