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Posted by: Amelia Ferrell Knisely on Jan 29, 2016

Court: TN Court of Criminal Appeals

Attorneys 1:

Stephen M. Wallace, District Public Defender; and Andrew J. Gibbons, Assistant District Public Defender, for the Appellant, Phillip Serpas.

Attorneys 2:

Herbert H. Slatery III, Attorney General and Reporter; Clarence E. Lutz, Senior Counsel; Barry Staubus, District Attorney General; and Andrea Black, Assistant District Attorney General, for the Appellee, State of Tennessee.

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Appellant, Phillip Serpas, entered guilty pleas to two counts of unlawfully obtaining a prescription for controlled substances by fraud, Class D felonies, and one count of conspiracy to obtain or attempt to obtain a controlled substance by fraud, a Class E felony. The trial court sentenced him as a Range I, standard offender to concurrent terms of two years each for the Class D felonies and one year for the Class E felony. The trial court held a hearing on the issue of alternative sentencing and ordered appellant to serve his effective two-year sentence in the Tennessee Department of Correction. Appellant appeals the denial of alternative sentencing. Following our review, we affirm the judgments of the trial court.