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Posted by: Tanja Trezise on Sep 27, 2012

Court: TN Court of Criminal Appeals

Attorneys 1:

Gerald L. Gulley, Jr., (on appeal) and Mitchell T. Harper (at trial), Knoxville, Tennessee, for the appellant, Mark Takashi.

Attorneys 2:

Robert E. Cooper, Jr., Attorney General and Reporter; Lacy Wilber, Assistant Attorney General; Randall Eugene Nichols, District Attorney General; and James D. Holley, Jr., Assistant District Attorney General, for the appellee, State of Tennessee.

Judge(s): OGLE

A Knox County Criminal Court Jury convicted the appellant, Mark Takashi, of aggravated child abuse and aggravated child neglect, Class A felonies. The trial court merged the convictions, and the appellant received a twenty-five-year sentence to be served at 100%. On appeal, the appellant contends that the trial court erred by allowing him to represent himself at trial and that his sentence is excessive. Based upon the oral arguments, the record, and the parties’ briefs, we affirm the judgments of the trial court.