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Posted by: Amelia Ferrell Knisely on Feb 17, 2016

Court: TN Court of Criminal Appeals

Attorneys 1:

Samuel F. Hudson (on appeal and at trial), Dunlap, Tennessee, and Norman Lipton (at trial), Jasper, Tennessee, for the appellant, Michael Lee Priest.

Attorneys 2:

Herbert H. Slatery III, Attorney General and Reporter; Andrew C. Coulam, Assistant Attorney General; J. Michael Taylor, District Attorney General; and Steve Strain, Assistant District Attorney General, for the appellee, State of Tennessee.

Judge(s): OGLE

The appellant, Michael Lee Priest, pled guilty in the Sequatchie County Circuit Court to robbery in case number 2013CR84 and received a four-year sentence with the manner of service to be determined by the trial court. As a result of his guilty plea, the trial court revoked a four-year sentence of probation for aggravated assault in case number 2012CR136. After a sentencing hearing, the trial court ordered that the appellant serve both sentences in confinement. On appeal, the appellant contends that the trial court erred by allowing the State to cross-examine his mother about conduct that occurred as a juvenile and by not granting his requests for alternative sentencing. Based upon the record and the parties’ briefs, we affirm the judgments of the trial court.