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Posted by: Tanja Trezise on Dec 5, 2014

Court: TN Court of Criminal Appeals

Attorneys 1:

Robert L. Vogel, Knoxville, Tennessee, for the appellant, Travis Meadows.

Attorneys 2:

Herbert H. Slatery III, Attorney General and Reporter; Clark B. Thornton, Senior Counsel; Randall A. York, District Attorney General; Gary McKenzie, Deputy District Attorney General; and Douglas E. Crawford, Assistant District Attorney General, for the appellee, State of Tennessee.

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Appellant, Travis Meadows, pleaded guilty to two counts of attempted aggravated sexual battery, Class C felonies. The trial court sentenced him to four years on each count, to be served consecutively, for an effective eight-year sentence. The effective eight-year sentence was suspended, and appellant was placed on supervised probation. As part of the plea agreement, appellant reserved a certified question of law challenging the denial of his motion to suppress. On appeal, appellant argues that the State failed to include the certified question in the judgment form and filed the judgment form without notice to appellant; therefore, the State violated the terms of the plea agreement. Appellant also argues that the trial court erred by denying his motion to suppress his statement to law enforcement due to the coercive and misleading nature of the interrogation. Following our review of the briefs, the record, and the applicable law, we dismiss appellant’s appeal.