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Posted by: Tanja Trezise on Apr 11, 2013

Court: TN Court of Criminal Appeals

Attorneys 1:

Mark Anthony Kovach, Nashville, Tennessee (at plea submission hearing); and Robert J. Turner, Nashville, Tennessee (at sentencing hearing and on appeal), for the appellant, Donald Vaughn.

Attorneys 2:

Robert E. Cooper, Attorney General and Reporter; Rachel West Harmon, Assistant Attorney General; Victor S. Johnson, III, District Attorney General; Janice Norman and Robert Elliott McGuire, Assistant District Attorneys General, for the appellee, State of Tennessee.

Judge(s): THOMAS

The Defendant, Donald Vaughn, pled guilty to two counts of aggravated rape, a Class A felony. See Tenn. Code Ann. § 39-13-502. Following a sentencing hearing, the trial court sentenced the Defendant to an effective sentence of forty-eight years, to be served at 100%. In this appeal as of right, the Defendant contends (1) that the trial court erred by denying his motion to withdraw his guilty pleas; (2) that his guilty pleas were not valid because the State failed to prove an essential element of the offense; and (3) that the trial court erred by imposing consecutive sentences. Following our review, we conclude that these issues are without merit and affirm the judgments of the trial court.