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Posted by: Tanja Trezise on Feb 14, 2014

Court: TN Court of Criminal Appeals

Attorneys 1:

Tom W. Crider, Trenton, Tennessee, for the appellant, Victor Thompson.

Attorneys 2:

Robert E. Cooper, Jr., Attorney General and Reporter; Desha Dulany Faughn, Assistant Attorney General; Garry Brown, District Attorney General; and Jason Scott and Hillary Lawler Parham, Assistant District Attorneys General, for the appellee, State of Tennessee.

Judge(s): TIPTON

The Defendant, Victor Thompson, was convicted by a Gibson County Circuit Court jury of second degree murder, a Class A felony, and theft of property valued at $500 or less, a Class A misdemeanor. See T.C.A. §§ 39-13-210(a)(1), 39-14-103 (2010). The trial court sentenced the Defendant as a Range I, standard offender to consecutive terms of twenty-five years for second degree murder and eleven months, twenty-nine days for theft. On appeal, the Defendant contends that the trial court erred during sentencing. We conclude that the lengths of the sentences are proper but that the trial court erred by failing to state on the record the facts and conclusions which support consecutive sentences pursuant to State v. Wilkerson, 905 S.W.2d 933, 938 (Tenn. 1995). We remand the case in order of the court to make its findings and conclusions on the record.