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Posted by: Tanja Trezise on Feb 3, 2015

Court: TN Court of Criminal Appeals

Attorneys 1:

Vernon Motley, Henning, Tennessee, Pro Se.

Attorneys 2:

Herbert H. Slatery, III, Attorney General and Reporter; Rachel E. Willis, Senior Counsel; and D. Michael Dunavant, District Attorney General, for the appellee, the State of Tennessee.

Judge(s): WOODALL

Petitioner, Vernon Motley, appeals from the trial court’s summary dismissal of Petitioner’s petition for writ of habeas corpus relief. Petitioner was convicted by a Shelby County jury for first degree premeditated murder and received a sentence of life imprisonment. His conviction was affirmed on appeal. See State v. Vernon Motley, No. W2010-01989-CCAR3- CD, 2012 WL 1080479 (Tenn. Crim. App. Mar. 29, 2012). Petitioner asserts he is entitled to habeas corpus relief because the trial court, in effect, imposed a sentence of life without possibility of parole without jurisdiction to do so. Our review of the record shows that Petitioner was properly sentenced to the only sentence he could receive, and we therefore affirm the judgment of the trial court.