STATE OF TENNESSEE v. WILLIAM EUGENE MCGINNIS, II - Articles

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Posted by: Tanja Trezise on Nov 20, 2014

Court: TN Court of Criminal Appeals

Attorneys 1:

Joseph L. Morrissey, Jr., Nashville, Tennessee, for the Defendant-Appellant, William Eugene McGinnis, II.

Attorneys 2:

Robert E. Cooper, Jr., Attorney General and Reporter; Caitlin Smith, Assistant Attorney General; Victor S. Johnson, III, District Attorney General; and Dan Hamm and Renee Erb, Assistant District Attorneys General, for the Appellee, State of Tennessee.

Judge(s): MCMULLEN

Pursuant to a plea agreement, the Defendant, William Eugene McGinnis, II, entered guilty pleas to two counts of aggravated robbery, and the trial court sentenced the Defendant to consecutive eight-year sentences for each count. Subsequently, the Defendant filed a motion to withdraw his guilty pleas, which was denied by the trial court. On appeal, the Defendant argues that the trial court abused its discretion in denying his motion to withdraw his guilty pleas because his pleas were not entered knowingly and voluntarily and because he received ineffective assistance of counsel in connection with the pleas. Upon our review, we affirm the judgment of the trial court.

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