STATE OF TENNESSEE v. DAVID EUGENE BREEZEE - Articles

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Posted by: Stacey Shrader Joslin on Dec 27, 2012

Court: TN Court of Criminal Appeals

Attorneys 1:

Guy T. Wilkinson and Gary J. Swayne, Camden, Tennessee, for the appellant, David Eugene Breezee.

Attorneys 2:

Robert E. Cooper, Jr., Attorney General and Reporter; Jeffrey D. Zentner, Assistant Attorney General; Hansel Jay McCadams, District Attorney General; and James E. Williams, Assistant District Attorney General, for the appellee, State of Tennessee.

Judge(s): OGLE

A Benton County Circuit Court Jury convicted the appellant, David Eugene Breezee, of rape of a child, a Class A felony, and incest, a Class C felony. After a sentencing hearing, the trial court merged the incest conviction into the rape of a child conviction and sentenced the appellant to twenty-five years in confinement. The sentence was to be served consecutively to a prior sentence. On appeal, the appellant contends that (1) the evidence is insufficient to support the convictions, (2) the trial court erred by refusing to allow him to question the victim about nude photographs taken of her by a registered sex offender, and (3) the trial court improperly ordered consecutive sentencing. The State argues that the trial court erred by merging the appellant’s convictions. Based upon the record and the parties’ briefs, we conclude that the evidence is sufficient to support the appellant’s convictions, that the trial court did not err by refusing to allow the appellant to question the victim about nude photographs, and that the trial court did not err by ordering consecutive sentencing. However, the trial court erred by merging the appellant’s convictions. Therefore, the appellant’s incest conviction is reinstated, and the case is remanded to the trial court in order for the court to resentence the appellant for both offenses.

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