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Posted by: Tanja Trezise on Sep 17, 2012

Court: TN Court of Criminal Appeals

Attorneys 1:

B. Jeffery Harmon, District Public Defender (on appeal and at trial); Mechelle Story, Assistant District Public Defender (at trial), Jasper, Tennessee, for the Defendant-Appellant, Daniel G. Hampton.

Attorneys 2:

Robert E. Cooper, Jr., Attorney General and Reporter; Renee W. Turner, Senior Counsel; James Michael Taylor, District Attorney General and James W. Pope, III, Assistant District Attorney General, for the Appellee, State of Tennessee.

Judge(s): MCMULLEN

After the Rhea County grand jury indicted the Defendant-Appellant, Daniel G. Hampton, for one count of first degree premeditated murder, Hampton entered an Alford plea, see North Carolina v. Alford, 400 U.S. 25, 37 (1970), to second degree murder, a Class A felony. The trial court accepted the parties’ agreed sentence of fifteen years in the Department of Correction and, after a sentencing hearing, ordered that the sentence be served consecutively to Hampton’s unserved federal sentences. The sole issue presented for our review is whether the trial court erred in ordering a consecutive sentence. Finding no reversible error, we affirm the judgment of the trial court.