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Posted by: Tanja Trezise on Jan 24, 2014

Court: TN Court of Criminal Appeals

Attorneys 1:

Donna Orr Hargrove, District Public Defender; Michael J. Collins, Assistant Public Defender; and William J. Harold, Assistant Public Defender, Shelbyville, Tennessee, for the appellant, Chad Richard Dietz.

Attorneys 2:

Robert E. Cooper, Jr., Attorney General and Reporter; Michelle L. Consiglio-Young, Assistant Attorney General; Robert Carter, District Attorney General; and Weakley E. Barnard, Assistant District Attorney General, for the appellee, the State of Tennessee.

Judge(s): WOODALL

Defendant, Chad Richard Dietz, pled guilty to the Class B felony offense of initiation of a process intended to result in the manufacture of methamphetamine. There was no agreement between the State and Defendant as to the sentence. Following a sentencing hearing, Defendant’s counsel specifically requested the trial court to impose a sentence of split confinement comprised of 365 days in jail with probation transferred to Alabama, and to include rehabilitation for alcohol and drug abuse. The trial court instead ordered a sentence of eight years and six months of confinement in the Tennessee Department of Correction. In this appeal, Defendant argues that the trial court should have ordered his sentence to be served in the Community Corrections program. Following a thorough review of the record and the briefs, we affirm the judgment of the trial court pursuant to Rule of the Court of Criminal Appeals of Tennessee 20.