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Posted by: Tanja Trezise on Jul 30, 2013

Court: TN Court of Criminal Appeals

Attorneys 1:

Gerald Lynn Melton, District Public Defender; and John Driver and S. Ray White, Assistant District Public Defenders, for the appellant, Clifton Williams, Jr.

Attorneys 2:

Robert E. Cooper, Jr., Attorney General & Reporter; Rachel E. Willis, Senior Counsel; William C. Whitesell, District Attorney General; and Jennings H. Jones and Jude P. Santana, Assistant District Attorneys General, for the appellee, State of Tennessee.

Judge(s): SUMMERS

A jury convicted the defendant, Clifton Williams, Jr., of voluntary manslaughter, a Class C felony. The defendant also pled guilty to unlawful possession of a firearm by a felon, a Class E felony. He was sentenced as a Range II offender to eight years’ confinement for the manslaughter conviction and four years’ confinement for the felon in possession of a firearm conviction, to be served consecutively. The defendant appeals, challenging the sufficiency of the evidence supporting his conviction for manslaughter. The defendant also asserts that the trial court erred in failing to include the definition of curtilage in the self-defense instruction, in enhancing the defendant’s sentences, and in imposing consecutive sentences. After a thorough review of the record, we affirm the judgments of the trial court.