JAMES G. COONS, II v. STATE OF TENNESSEE - Articles

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Posted by: Tanja Trezise on May 21, 2013

Court: TN Court of Criminal Appeals

Attorneys 1:

Ryan C. Caldwell, Nashville, Tennessee, for the appellant, James G. Coons, II.

Attorneys 2:

Robert E. Cooper, Jr., Attorney General and Reporter; Meredith DeVault, Senior Counsel; Victor S. Johnson, III, District Attorney General; and Katrin Miller, Assistant District Attorney General, for the appellee, State of Tennessee.

Judge(s): CRAFT

James G. Coons, II ("the petitioner") filed for post-conviction relief from his open plea of guilty to the lesser included offense of Second Degree Murder and received a maximum Range II sentence of 40 years in the Department of Correction. Specifically, he asserts that counsel did not investigate or prepare for trial properly or advise him properly as to the possibilities of sentencing. The petition was denied and this appeal followed. Upon a thorough review of the record, we affirm the judgment of the post-conviction court.

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