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Posted by: Tanja Trezise on Sep 23, 2013

Court: TN Court of Criminal Appeals

Attorneys 1:

Luke A. Evans and Heather G. Parker, Murfreesboro, Tennessee, for appelant, Chris Nachampasak.

Attorneys 2:

Robert E. Cooper, Jr., Attorney General and Reporter; Benjamin A. Ball, Assistant Attorney General; William Whitesell, District Attorney General, and Trevor Lynch, Assistant District Attorney General, for the appellee, State of Tennessee.

Judge(s): SMITH

Appellant, Chris Nachampasak, was indicted by the Rutherford County Grand Jury for one count of first degree murder, one count of felony murder, four counts of aggravated assault, and one count of reckless endangerment after a drive-by shooting at a graduation party that resulted in the death of a fourteen-year-old child. Appellant subsequently pled guilty to a single count of second degree murder and two counts of aggravated assault in return for the dismissal of the remaining counts of the indictment. In exchange for the guilty pleas, Appellant received an effective sentence of thirty-five years in incarceration. Subsequently, Appellant filed a motion to withdraw the guilty pleas. After a hearing, the trial court denied the motion. Appellant filed a timely notice of appeal challenging the trial court’s denial of the motion to withdraw the guilty pleas. After a review, we determine that the trial court did not abuse its discretion in denying the motion to withdraw the guilty pleas where Appellant failed to show a manifest injustice. Accordingly, the judgment of the trial court is affirmed.