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Posted by: Barry Kolar on Feb 27, 2014

Court: TN Court of Criminal Appeals

Attorneys 1:

Melody Dougherty, Ripley, Tennessee, for the appellant, Dexter Deshun Coleman.

Attorneys 2: Robert E. Cooper, Jr., Attorney General and Reporter; Sophia S. Lee, Senior Counsel, D. Michael Dunavant, District Attorney General; and Joni R. Livingston, Assistant District Attorney General, for the appellee, State of Tennessee.

Judge(s): GLENN

The Defendant, Dexter Deshun Coleman, pled guilty to three counts of facilitation of especially aggravated kidnapping and one count each of especially aggravated burglary and facilitation of especially aggravated robbery. The plea agreement provided that the Defendant would receive an effective sentence of twelve years as a Range I, standard offender with the trial court to determine the manner of service of the sentence. Following a sentencing hearing, the trial court denied the Defendant’s request for alternative sentencing and ordered that the Defendant serve his sentence in confinement. On appeal, the Defendant contends that the trial court erred in denying his motion for alternative sentencing. The State has filed a motion requesting that this court affirm the trial court’s judgments pursuant to Rule 20 of the Rules of the Court of Criminal Appeals. Following our review, we grant the State’s motion and affirm the judgments of the trial court.