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Posted by: Tanja Trezise on Dec 28, 2012

Head Comment: With Dissenting Opinion

Court: TN Court of Criminal Appeals

Attorneys 1:

Robert C. Richardson, Jr., Columbia, Tennessee, for the Petitioner, Brittany Scott Pye.

Attorneys 2:

Robert E. Cooper, Jr., Attorney General and Reporter; Meredith Devault, Senior Counsel; T. Michael (Mike) Bottoms, District Attorney General, for the Appellee, State of Tennessee.

Judge(s): MCMULLEN

The Petitioner, Brittany Scott Pye, appeals from the Maury County Circuit Court’s denial of post-conviction relief. He was convicted of sale of .5 grams or more of cocaine and sentenced as a multiple offender to fifteen years in the Department of Correction. In this appeal, the Petitioner contends that he received ineffective assistance of counsel based on trial counsel’s failure to communicate his acceptance of the State’s offer of settlement prior to trial. He also contends that the trial court abused its discretion in refusing to accept his guilty plea after a trial date had been scheduled. Upon review, we  affirm the judgment of the post-conviction court.