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Posted by: Tanja Trezise on Mar 17, 2015

Court: TN Court of Criminal Appeals

Attorneys 1:

David Brady, District Public Defender; and Allison Rasbury West, Assistant Public Defender, Cookeville, Tennessee, for the appellant, James R. Bristow.

Attorneys 2:

Herbert H. Slatery, III, Attorney General and Reporter; Sophia S. Lee, Senior Counsel; Randall A. York, District Attorney General; and Mark Edward Gore, Assistant District Attorney General, for the appellee, the State of Tennessee.

Judge(s): WOODALL

Defendant, James Bristow, was charged by indictment with vehicular homicide by intoxication, vehicular homicide by recklessness, driving under the influence of an intoxicant (DUI), and DUI per se. Defendant pleaded guilty to vehicular homicide by intoxication with an agreed nine-year sentence, and the manner of service to be determined by the trial court. The remaining counts were dismissed in accordance with the agreement. After a sentencing hearing, the trial court ordered Defendant to serve his nine-year sentence in confinement. On appeal, Defendant argues that he should have received an alternative sentence. After a thorough review of the record and the parties’ briefs, we affirm the judgment of the trial court.