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Posted by: Tanja Trezise on Sep 21, 2012

Court: TN Court of Criminal Appeals

Attorneys 1:

Jon Joseph Tucci, Nashville, Tennessee (on appeal), and Thomas Boyers, Galatin, Tennessee (at post-conviction hearing), for the appellant, Tajay Vaughn.

Attorneys 2:

Robert E. Cooper, Jr., Attorney General & Reporter; Rachel Harmon, Assistant Attorney General; L. Ray Whitley, District Attorney General; and C. Ronald Blanton, Assistant District Attorney General; for the appellee, State of Tennessee.

Judge(s): BIVINS

Tajay Vaughn (“the Petitioner”) filed a petition for post-conviction relief from his convictions for aggravated burglary, especially aggravated robbery, and aggravated assault. Pursuant to his plea agreement, the Petitioner received an effective sentence of thirty-three years in the Tennessee Department of Correction. In his petition, he argued that he was denied effective assistance of counsel in conjunction with his guilty plea and that his plea was constitutionally infirm. After an evidentiary hearing, the post-conviction court denied relief. The Petitioner now appeals. Upon our thorough review of the record and the applicable law, we affirm the judgment of the post-conviction court.