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Posted by: Stacey Shrader Joslin on Apr 24, 2014

Court: TN Court of Criminal Appeals

Attorneys 1:

John S. Colley, III (on appeal), Columbia, Tennessee, and Daniel Freemon (at the guilty plea and sentencing hearings), Lawrenceburg, Tennessee, for the appellant, Joseph Leon Knowles.

Attorneys 2:

Robert E. Cooper, Jr., Attorney General and Reporter; Tracy L. Bradshaw, Assistant Attorney General; Michael T. Bottoms, District Attorney General; and Beverly White, Assistant District Attorney General, for the appellee, State of Tennessee.

Judge(s): TIPTON

The Defendant, Joseph Leon Knowles, pleaded guilty pursuant to a plea agreement to attempt to commit aggravated child abuse of a child under six years old, a Class B felony, with the sentence to be determined by the trial court. See T.C.A. § 39-15-402 (2010). The trial court sentenced the Defendant as a Range I, standard offender to twelve years’ confinement. On appeal, the Defendant contends that the trial court erred during sentencing by failing to apply certain mitigating factors relative to remorse, assisting the police, and his not having a substantial intent to violate the law and by denying him alternative sentencing. We affirm the judgment of the trial court.