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Posted by: Tanja Trezise on May 3, 2012

Court: TN Court of Criminal Appeals

Attorneys 1:

John P. Cauley (on appeal), Franklin, Tennessee; and Kenneth K. Crites (at trial), Centerville, Tennessee, for the appellant, Patricia Adkisson.

Attorneys 2:

Robert E. Cooper, Jr., Attorney General and Reporter; Benjamin A. Ball, Assistant Attorney General; Kim R. Helper, District Attorney General; Terry Wood and Jay Fahey, Assistant District Attorneys General, for the appellee, State of Tennessee.

Judge(s): WITT

The defendant, Patricia Adkisson, appeals her Hickman County Circuit Court jury convictions of 14 counts of aggravated cruelty to animals, see T.C.A. § 39-14-212, 16 counts of cruelty to animals, see id. § 39-14-202(a)(2), one count of the unlawful sale or transportation of dogs or cats, see id. § 44-17-103(a), and one count of unlawful administration of rabies vaccination, see id. § 68-8-103(d), for which she received an effective sentence of five years’ probation to be supervised in a community corrections program, see id. § 40-36-106(f), followed by five years of traditional probation, see id. § 40- 35-303. On appeal, she contends that trial counsel committed ineffective assistance of counsel, that the State failed to provide exculpatory material, and that the trial court imposed an excessive sentence. Discerning no error, we affirm the judgments of the trial court.