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Posted by: Tanja Trezise on Aug 20, 2012

Court: TN Court of Criminal Appeals

Attorneys 1:

William A. Kennedy, Assistant Public Defender, Blountville, Tennessee, for the appellant, O’Dell Taylor Wisdom.

Attorneys 2:

Robert E. Cooper, Jr., Attorney General and Reporter, Lacy Wilber, Assistant Attorney General; Greeley Wells, District Attorney General, and Joseph E. Perrin, Assistant District Attorney General, for the appellant, State of Tennessee.

Judge(s): SMITH

Appellant, Odell Wisdom, pled guilty in Sullivan County to the charge of felony failure to appear in exchange for a five-year sentence as a Range III, persistent offender. The trial court held a sentencing hearing specifically for the purpose of addressing Appellant’s request for probation or alternative sentencing. The trial court denied Appellant’s request and ordered Appellant to serve the sentence in confinement. Appellant appeals, arguing that the trial court erred in denying an alternative sentence. However, after a thorough review of the record, we conclude that the trial court properly denied probation or alternative sentencing. Therefore, we affirm the judgment of the trial court.