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Posted by: Tanja Trezise on Jul 12, 2012

Head Comment: With Concurring Opinion

Court: TN Court of Criminal Appeals

Attorneys 1:

Mike Mosier, Jackson, Tennessee, for the appellant, Willie Perry, Jr.

Attorneys 2:

Robert E. Cooper, Attorney General and Reporter; James G. Woodall, District Attorney General; Sophia S. Lee, Senior Counsel; and Al Earls, Assistant District Attorney General, for the appellee, State of Tennessee.

Judge(s): WILLIAMS

The petitioner, Willie Perry, Jr., pled guilty to two counts of theft of property valued $1,000 or more but less than $10,000, each a Class D felony, and was sentenced to serve, in prison, two twelve-year sentences to run concurrently with each other. The petitioner brought this post-conviction petition, seeking relief on the basis that his trial counsel failed to investigate and advise him regarding the possibility that the property was valued at less than $1,000. The post-conviction trial court denied the claim, and the petitioner appeals the denial of relief and the trial court’s refusal to admit certain evidence regarding the property’s value. After a thorough review of the record, we affirm.