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Posted by: Tanja Trezise on Oct 9, 2014

Court: TN Court of Criminal Appeals

Attorneys 1:

James Ronald Tucker, Jr. (at trial and on appeal), Shelbyville, Tennessee, and Clay Parker (at trial), Shelbyville, Tennessee, for the appellant, Jeffery Scott Hutchinson.

Attorneys 2:

Robert E. Cooper, Jr., Attorney General and Reporter; Clarence E. Lutz, Senior Counsel; Robert James Carter, District Attorney General; and Richard A. Cawley and Brooke C. Grubb, Assistant District Attorneys General, for the appellee, State of Tennessee.

Judge(s): THOMAS

The Defendant, Jeffery Scott Hutchinson, was convicted by a Bedford County jury of one count of initiating a process intended to result in the manufacture of methamphetamine, one count of promoting the manufacture of methamphetamine, and two counts of simple possession of methamphetamine. He was thereafter convicted by a separate Bedford County jury of failure to appear. At a consolidated sentencing hearing, the trial court imposed an effective eighteen-year sentence for all of these convictions. In this direct appeal, the Defendant argues that the evidence is insufficient to support a jury’s finding that he knowingly failed to appear and that the trial court erred in imposing consecutive sentencing. Finding no error, we affirm the judgments of the trial court.