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Posted by: Tanja Trezise on May 28, 2015

Court: TN Court of Criminal Appeals

Attorneys 1:

Stephen Bush, District Public Defender; Harry E. Sayle III (on appeal), and Donna Armstard and Cathy Kent (at trial), Assistant District Public Defenders, Memphis, Tennessee, for the appellant, Sebastian Pegues.

Attorneys 2:

Herbert H. Slatery III, Attorney General and Reporter; Clarence E. Lutz, Senior Counsel; Amy P Weirich, District Attorney General; and Carrie Shelton-Bush and Eric Christensen, Assistant District Attorneys General for the appellee, State of Tennessee.


A Shelby County jury convicted the Defendant, Sebastian Pegues, of two counts of first degree felony murder, one count of aggravated child abuse and one count of aggravated child neglect. The trial court merged the two first degree felony murder convictions and sentenced the Defendant to life. The trial court sentenced the Defendant to concurrent twenty-year sentences for the aggravated child abuse and aggravated child neglect convictions. On appeal, the Defendant asserts that there is insufficient evidence to support his convictions. After a thorough review of the record and applicable law, we affirm the Defendant’s convictions and sentences. We remand this case to the trial court for the entry of a corrected judgment in Count 3, indicating that the convicted offense is aggravated child neglect.