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Posted by: Tanja Trezise on Jun 10, 2015

Court: TN Court of Criminal Appeals

Attorneys 1:

Mark E. Stephens, District Public Defender; and David Gall, Assistant Public Defender, for the Appellant, Charles Rankin Zemp.

Attorneys 2:

Herbert H. Slatery III, Attorney General and Reporter; Clarence E. Lutz, Senior Counsel; Charme P. Allen, District Attorney General; and Jamie Leanne Carter, Assistant District Attorney General, for the Appellee, State of Tennessee.

Judge(s): THOMAS

The Defendant, Charles Rankin Zemp, pled guilty to one count of driving under the influence (DUI), fourth or subsequent offense, a Class E felony, and one count of operating a motor vehicle after being declared a motor vehicle habitual offender (MVHO), a Class E felony. See Tenn. Code Ann. §§ 55-10-401, -402(a)(4), -616. The Defendant was sentenced as a Range III, persistent offender to four years for each count. The trial court ordered the Defendant’s sentences to be served consecutively, for a total effective sentence of eight years. In this appeal as of right, the Defendant contends that the trial court abused its discretion in ordering him to serve his sentences consecutively. Discerning no error, we affirm the judgments of the trial court.