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Posted by: Stacey Shrader Joslin on Dec 27, 2012

Court: TN Court of Criminal Appeals

Attorneys 1:

Lauren M. Fuchs and Patrick E. Swanson, Memphis, Tennessee, for the appellant, Jermaine Burdette.

Attorneys 2:

Robert E. Cooper, Jr., Attorney General and Reporter; Rachel E. Willis, Senior Counsel; Amy P. Weirich, District Attorney General; and Byron Winsett and Stacy McEndree, Assistant District Attorneys General, for the appellee, State of Tennessee.

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Appellant, Jermaine Burdette, pleaded guilty to three counts of especially aggravated kidnapping and three counts of aggravated robbery. The trial court sentenced him to a total effective sentence of 111 years in the Tennessee Department of Correction. Appellant argues that the trial court erred in sentencing him and by failing to merge the counts of especially aggravated kidnapping with aggravated robbery as to each victim. After reviewing the record, the parties’ briefs, and applicable law, we affirm the judgments of the trial court.