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Posted by: Amelia Ferrell Knisely on Feb 10, 2016

Court: TN Court of Criminal Appeals

Attorneys 1:

James E. Thomas, Memphis, Tennessee (on appeal); and Eugene Belenitsky, Memphis, Tennessee (at hearing), for the appellant, Charles Joiner.

Attorneys 2:

Herbert H. Slatery III, Attorney General and Reporter; David H. Findley, Assistant Attorney General; Amy P. Weirich, District Attorney General; and Kenya Smith, Assistant District Attorney General, for the appellee, State of Tennessee.

Judge(s): WITT

The petitioner, Charles Joiner, appeals the denial of post-conviction relief from his 2013 Shelby County Criminal Court guilty-pleaded convictions of possession with intent to sell and deliver 0.5 grams or more of cocaine, possession with intent to sell and deliver 4,356 grams or more of marijuana, possession of a firearm during the commission of a dangerous felony, and being a felon in possession of a firearm, for which he received an effective sentence of 16 years. In this appeal, the petitioner contends that his guilty pleas were not knowingly and voluntarily entered and that he was denied the effective assistance of counsel. Discerning no error, we affirm.