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Posted by: Tanja Trezise on Sep 21, 2012

Court: TN Court of Criminal Appeals

Attorneys 1:

David M. Hopkins, Nashville, Tennessee, for the appellant, Deshaun Jantuan Lewis.

Attorneys 2:

Robert E. Cooper, Jr., Attorney General and Reporter; Brent C. Cherry, Senior Counsel; Victor S. Johnson, III, District Attorney General; Pamela Anderson and Rachel Sobrero, Assistant District Attorneys General, for the appellee, State of Tennessee.


A Davidson County jury convicted the Defendant, Deshaun Jantuan Lewis, of one count of second degree murder, two counts of felony murder, four counts of aggravated rape, especially aggravated robbery, and making a false report to law enforcement. The trial court merged the two felony murder convictions and the second degree murder conviction into one conviction for felony murder. The trial court also merged one of the aggravated rape convictions, leaving three remaining aggravated rape convictions. The court then sentenced the Defendant to an effective sentence of life plus forty-two years in the Tennessee Department of Correction. On appeal, the Defendant asserts that: (1) the evidence is insufficient to support his convictions; (2) the trial court improperly allowed the State to question the Defendant about his gang involvement; and (3) his sentence is excessive. After a thorough review of the record and applicable law, we affirm the trial court’s judgments.