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Posted by: Tanja Trezise on Oct 10, 2014

Court: TN Court of Criminal Appeals

Attorneys 1:

John E. Herbison, Clarksville, Tennessee, for the appellant, Craig U. Quevedo.

Attorneys 2:

Robert E. Cooper, Jr., Attorney General and Reporter; David H. Findley, Senior Counsel; John W. Carney, District Attorney General; and Arthur Bieber, Assistant District Attorney General, for the appellee, State of Tennessee.

Judge(s): WILLIAMS

The Petitioner, Craig U. Quevedo, appeals the denial of his petition for post-conviction relief. In 2002, the petitioner pled guilty and nolo contendere to seventy-nine counts of various sex crimes involving his minor stepdaughter for which he received an effective sentence of ninety-two years in the Department of Correction. After an unsuccessful direct appeal, the petitioner filed a petition for post-conviction relief, alleging that he received ineffective assistance of counsel at the guilty plea and sentencing phases. This court affirmed the postconviction court’s judgment with respect to counsel’s performance at the guilty plea phase but remanded to the post-conviction court with directions to enter an order stating its findings of fact and conclusions of law with respect to the sentencing phase issues. On remand, the post-conviction court again denied relief. In this appeal from our limited remand, the petitioner alleges that he received ineffective assistance of counsel at the sentencing hearing. Specifically, he contends that counsel was deficient in failing to introduce additional positive evidence about the petitioner, namely the details of his military service, his employment history, and his involvement in various community activities. Following review of the record, we affirm the denial of post-conviction relief.