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Posted by: Tanja Trezise on Feb 20, 2014

Court: TN Court of Criminal Appeals

Attorneys 1:

Michael E. Scholl (on appeal) and Claiborne Ferguson and Bridgett Stigger (at trial), Memphis, Tennessee, for the appellant, James Prindle.

Attorneys 2:

Robert E. Cooper, Jr., Attorney General and Reporter; David H. Findley, Senior Counsel; Amy Weirich, District Attorney General; and Terre Fratesi and Jennifer Nichols, Assistant District Attorneys General, for the appellee, State of Tennessee.

Judge(s): BIVINS

A jury convicted James Prindle (“the Defendant”) of aggravated sexual battery, aggravated child abuse, aggravated child neglect, and filing a false offense report. After a sentencing hearing, the trial court ordered the Defendant to serve an effective term of twenty-two years’ incarceration. In this direct appeal, the Defendant contends that (1) the trial court erred in admitting certain evidence; (2) the trial court’s jury charge was erroneous; (3) the evidence was not sufficient to support his convictions; (4) the trial court should have remanded the case to juvenile court; and (5) his sentence is excessive. Upon our thorough review of the record and applicable law, we reverse the Defendant’s conviction of aggravated child neglect for lack of sufficient evidence. We affirm the remaining judgments of the trial court.