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Posted by: Tanja Trezise on Sep 20, 2013

Court: TN Court of Criminal Appeals

Attorneys 1:

District Public Defender, Donna Orr Hargrove, Lewisburg, Tennessee; Assistant Public Defender, Andrew Jackson Dearing, III, Shelbyville, Tennessee, for the Defendant- Appellant, Ginger Ilene Hudson Stump.

Attorneys 2:

Robert E. Cooper, Jr., Attorney General and Reporter; Meredith Devault, Senior Counsel; Charles Frank Crawford, Jr., District Attorney General; and Richard A. Cawley, Assistant District Attorney General, for the Appellee, State of Tennessee.

Judge(s): MCMULLEN

The Defendant-Appellant, Ginger Ilene Hudson Stump, was indicted by a Bedford County Grand Jury for twenty-six counts of forgery. See T.C.A. § 39-14-114 (Supp. 2011). Pursuant to her plea agreement, Stump entered guilty pleas to six Class E felonies (counts 3, 7, 11, 13, 17, 19) involving more than $500 but less than $1,000 and one Class D felony (count 25) involving $1,000 or more but less than $10,000, with the trial court to determine the length and manner of service of the sentences. As a part of this agreement, the State dismissed the remaining nineteen forgery counts. Following a sentencing hearing, the trial court sentenced Stump as a career offender to twenty-four years in the Tennessee Department of Correction. On appeal, Stump argues that the trial court abused its discretion in denying her an alternative sentence and in denying her a community corrections sentence. Upon review, we affirm the judgments of the trial court.