STATE OF TENNESSEE v. ROMARCUS ECHOLS - Articles

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Posted by: Tanja Trezise on Jan 13, 2015

Court: TN Court of Criminal Appeals

Attorneys 1:

Stephen Bush, District Public Defender; Amy Mayne and Nick Cloud, Assistant Public Defenders (at trial); and Tony N. Brayton, Assistant Public Defender (on appeal), Memphis, Tennessee, for the appellant, Romarcus Echols.

Attorneys 2:

Robert E. Cooper, Attorney General and Reporter; J. Ross Dyer, Senior Counsel; Amy P. Weirich, District Attorney General; and Betsey Wiseman and Meghan Fowler, Assistant District Attorneys General, for the appellee, State of Tennessee.

Judge(s): HOLLOWAY

A jury convicted the Defendant, Romarcus Echols, of especially aggravated kidnapping, especially aggravated robbery, aggravated burglary, and employing a firearm during the commission of a dangerous felony. The trial court imposed an effective sentence of 60 years. The sentences for especially aggravated kidnapping, especially aggravated robbery, and employing a firearm during the commission of a dangerous felony were ordered to be served consecutively with each other, but concurrently with his sentence for aggravated burglary. The Defendant raises three issues on direct appeal: (1) whether the trial court erred when it instructed the jury that especially aggravated kidnapping as charged in this case could be the predicate felony for employing a firearm during the commission of a dangerous felony; (2) whether there was sufficient evidence to support the Defendant’s conviction for especially aggravated kidnapping; and (3) whether the trial court abused its discretion by ordering consecutive sentences. Upon review of the record and applicable law, we affirm the judgments for especially aggravated kidnapping, especially aggravated robbery, and aggravated burglary, but reverse the judgment for employing a firearm during the commission of a dangerous felony.

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