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Posted by: Tanja Trezise on Apr 6, 2015

Head Comment: CORRECTION: The correction reflects the change on page 25, the last page of the opinion. The citation to Charles Damien Darden v. State has been deleted.

Court: TN Court of Criminal Appeals

Attorneys 1:

Charles W. Bone, Nashville, Tennessee; J. Houston Gordon, Covington, Tennessee; Lyle Reid, Covington, Tennessee; Paul J. Bruno, Nashville, Tennessee; and Joe G. Riley, Ridgely, Tennessee, for the appellant, Cyntoia Denise Brown.

Attorneys 2:

Robert E. Cooper, Jr., Attorney General and Reporter; Leslie E. Price, Senior Counsel; Victor S. Johnson, III, District Attorney General; and Jeff Burks, Assistant District Attorney General, for the appellee, State of Tennessee.

Judge(s): OGLE

The Petitioner, Cyntoia Denise Brown, appeals the Davidson County Criminal Court’s denial of her petition for post-conviction relief from her convictions of first degree premeditated murder, first degree felony murder, and especially aggravated robbery and resulting concurrent sentences of life and eight years. On appeal, the Petitioner contends that she received the ineffective assistance of counsel, that she is “entitled to relief under error coram nobis,” that her mandatory life sentence is unconstitutional, and that she was denied due process. Based upon the oral arguments, the record, and the parties’ briefs, we affirm the judgment of the post-conviction court.