STATE OF TENNESSEE v. JOSEPH ALFONSO SIGALA - Articles

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Posted by: Tanja Trezise on Jul 16, 2012

Court: TN Court of Criminal Appeals

Attorneys 1:

Venus Niner, Franklin, Tennessee, for the appellant, Joseph Alfonso Sigala.

Attorneys 2:

Robert E. Cooper, Jr., Attorney General & Reporter; Rachel Harmon, Assistant Attorney General; Kim Helper, District Attorney General, for the appellee, State of Tennessee.

Judge(s): BIVINS

Joseph Alfonso Sigala (“the Defendant”) pleaded guilty to two counts of aggravated burglary and two counts of theft between $1,000 and $10,000, but the plea left open the issue of sentencing. Following a sentencing hearing, the trial court ordered the Defendant to serve an effective five-and-a-half-year sentence in confinement. The Defendant appeals, arguing that the trial court erred by: (1) admitting the Defendant’s social networking web page as an exhibit; (2) denying judicial diversion; (3) improperly applying the statutory enhancing and mitigating factors; (4) finding that the Defendant lacked credibility; and (5) denying the Defendant probation. Upon a thorough review of the record and the applicable law, we affirm the judgments of the trial court.

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