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Posted by: Chandra Williams on Dec 7, 2015

Court: TN Court of Criminal Appeals

Attorneys 1:

Alexander Brown (on appeal) and Steve Sams (at trial), Knoxville, Tennessee, for the appellant, Randy Lane.

Attorneys 2:

Herbert H. Slatery III, Attorney General and Reporter; Ahmed A. Safeeullah, Assistant Attorney General; Charme P. Allen, District Attorney General; and Claude Leon Franks and Patricia Cristil, Assistant District Attorneys General, for the appellee, State of Tennessee.

Judge(s): OGLE

After a bench trial, the Knox County Criminal Court convicted the appellant, Randy Lane, of five counts of aggravated burglary and six counts of felony theft of property and sentenced him to a total effective sentence of eight years. On appeal, the appellant challenges the trial court?s denial of his motion to suppress his statement, arguing that he made the statement as part of a plea agreement that turned out to be unenforceable. The State responds that the appellant is not entitled to relief because the State and the appellant entered into a subsequent agreement, which he materially breached. Based upon the record and the parties? briefs, we agree with the appellant that the trial court should have granted his motion to suppress. Therefore, his convictions are reversed, and the case is remanded to the trial court for further proceedings consistent with this opinion.