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Posted by: Tanja Trezise on Nov 25, 2014

Court: TN Court of Criminal Appeals

Attorneys 1:

Patrick T. Phillips (on appeal) and Mitchell Harper (at trial), Knoxville, Tennessee, for the Defendant-Appellant, Larry Lee Smith.

Attorneys 2:

Robert E. Cooper, Jr., Attorney General and Reporter; Ahmed A. Safeeullah and John H. Bledsoe, Assistant Attorneys General; Randall E. Nichols, District Attorney General; and Leslie Nassios, Assistant District Attorney General, for the Appellee, State of Tennessee.

Judge(s): MCMULLEN

A Knox County Criminal Court jury found the Defendant, Larry Lee Smith, guilty of aggravated rape, a Class A felony, and two counts of aggravated kidnapping, Class B felonies. See T.C.A. §§ 39-13-502, -304. The trial court merged the two counts of aggravated kidnapping and sentenced the Defendant to an effective sentence of life without parole. On appeal, the Defendant argues that: (1) the trial court erred in allowing the State to introduce evidence of his prior felony convictions; and (2) the trial court erred in the manner in which it allowed the State to present proof of his prior convictions. Finding no reversible error, we affirm the judgments of the trial court.