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Posted by: Chandra Williams on Jul 20, 2015

Court: TN Court of Criminal Appeals

Attorneys 1:

Michael G. Hatmaker, Jacksboro, Tennessee, for the appellant, David Hugh Crumley.

Attorneys 2:

Herbert H. Slatery III, Attorney General and Reporter; Ahmed A. Safeeullah, Assistant Attorney General; Lori Phillips-Jones, District Attorney General; and Jared R. Effler, Assistant District Attorney General, for the appellee, State of Tennessee.

Judge(s): THOMAS

The Defendant, David Hugh Crumley, pled nolo contendere to two counts of vehicular homicide and received an effective eight-year sentence under the terms of the agreement. Thereafter, the trial court denied any form of alternative sentencing based upon the nature and circumstances of the offenses combined with the Defendant?s lack of remorse and his past criminal history involving alcohol and drugs. The Defendant appeals, arguing that he is a suitable candidate for alternative sentencing pursuant to the statutory considerations outlined in Tennessee Code Annotated section 40-35-103(1)(A)-(C). Following our review, we discern no abuse of discretion in the trial court?s alternative sentencing decision. Accordingly, the judgments are affirmed.