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Posted by: Tanja Trezise on Mar 17, 2015

Court: TN Court of Criminal Appeals

Attorneys 1:

L. Scott Grissom, Assistant Public Defender, McMinnville, Tennessee, for the appellant, William Kenneth Lawson.

Attorneys 2:

Herbert H. Slatery, III,, Attorney General and Reporter; Jonathan H. Wardle, Assistant Attorney General; Lisa Zavogiannis, District Attorney General; and Thomas Minor, Assistant District Attorney General, for the appellee, State of Tennessee.

Judge(s): WILLIAMS

The defendant, William Kenneth Lawson, appeals the revocation of his probationary sentence. He pled guilty to possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver and violation of his habitual traffic offender status. As a result, he was sentenced to an effective term of eight years on supervised probation. Subsequently, a violation warrant was issued alleging that the defendant had violated the terms and conditions of his probation agreement by being arrested on new charges. Following a hearing, the trial court ordered revocation of the probation and that the defendant serve the remainder of his sentence in incarceration. On appeal, the defendant contends that there is not sufficient evidence in the record to support the court’s finding that a violation occurred. Following review of the record, we conclude that there was no abuse of discretion in the court’s decision to revoke probation. As such, the judgment of the trial court is affirmed.