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Posted by: Tanja Trezise on Apr 18, 2013

Court: TN Court of Criminal Appeals

Attorneys 1:

James P. DeRossitt, IV, Memphis, Tennessee, for the appellant, Justin Diana.

Attorneys 2:

Robert E. Cooper, Jr., Attorney General and Reporter; Rachel Harmon, Assistant Attorney General; Amy P. Weirich, District Attorney General; and Greg Gilbert, Assistant District Attorney General, for the appellee, State of Tennessee.

Judge(s): OGLE

The petitioner, Justin Diana, pled guilty in the Shelby County Criminal Court to one count of attempted solicitation of sexual exploitation of a minor by electronic means and three counts of statutory rape. He received a total effective sentence of four years. Thereafter, the petitioner filed a petition for post-conviction relief, alleging that his trial counsel were ineffective and that his guilty pleas were not knowingly and voluntarily entered. The postconviction court denied the petition, and the petitioner appeals. Upon review, we affirm the judgment of the post-conviction court.