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Posted by: Tanja Trezise on May 3, 2013

Court: TN Court of Criminal Appeals

Attorneys 1:

Donna Robinson Miller (on appeal) and Kelli Black (at trial), Chattanooga, Tennessee, for the appellant, Dane Sayles, alias Bradley Harper.

Attorneys 2:

Robert E. Cooper, Jr., Attorney General & Reporter; Meredith DeVault, Assistant Attorney General; William H. Cox, III, District Attorney General; and Boyd Patterson and Charlie Minor, Assistant District Attorneys General, for the appellee, State of Tennessee.

Judge(s): BIVINS

Dane Sayles, alias Bradley Harper (“the Defendant”), was convicted by a jury of possession with the intent to sell or deliver three hundred grams or more of cocaine. The trial court sentenced the Defendant as a Range II, multiple offender to forty years to be served consecutively to previous sentences the Defendant received in Pennsylvania. On appeal, the Defendant argues that the trial court erred in denying his motion to suppress the stop and search of his vehicle, as well as the seizure of cell phone text messages. The Defendant also asserts that the trial court erred in “permitting the State to continue adding witnesses in the middle of trial whose names were not provided in discovery.” Finally, the Defendant challenges the length of his sentence. After a thorough review of the record and the applicable law, we affirm the judgment of the trial court.