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Posted by: Chandra Williams on Aug 26, 2015

Court: TN Court of Criminal Appeals

Attorneys 1:

Vanessa Pettigrew Bryan, District Public Defender; J. Gregory Burlison and Robert Jones, Assistant Public Defenders, Franklin, Tennessee, for the appellant, John Henry Pruitt.

Attorneys 2:

Herbert H. Slatery III, Attorney General and Reporter; Michael M. Stahl, Assistant Attorney General; Kim Helper, District Attorney General; Michael J. Fahey and Kate Yeager, Assistant District Attorneys General for the appellee, State of Tennessee.


A Hickman County jury found the Defendant, John Henry Pruitt, guilty of two counts of first degree murder, one count of attempted first degree murder, and three counts of aggravated assault. Thereafter, the jury sentenced the Defendant to life imprisonment without the possibility of parole for both the first degree murder convictions. The trial court imposed a consecutive sentence of twenty-five years for his attempted first degree murder conviction and concurrent six-year sentences for each of the three aggravated assault convictions. On appeal, the Defendant contends that the trial court erred when it denied his motion to suppress the evidence obtained during the execution of a search warrant. The Defendant also contends that the evidence is insufficient to sustain his convictions for first degree murder and attempted first degree murder, and that the evidence is insufficient to sustain his sentence of life without the possibility of parole. After a thorough review of the record and relevant law, we affirm the judgments of the trial court.