STATE OF TENNESSEE v. JAMES DANIEL CRUZE, II - Articles

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Posted by: Amelia Ferrell Knisely on Mar 10, 2016

Court: TN Court of Criminal Appeals

Attorneys 1:

Edward C. Miller, District Public Defender; Amber D. Haas, Assistant Public Defender, Sevierville, Tennessee, for the appellant, James Daniel Cruze, II.

Attorneys 2:

Herbert H. Slatery III, Attorney General and Reporter; Jeffrey D. Zentner, Assistant Attorney General; James Dunn, District Attorney General; and R. Patrick Harrell, Assistant District Attorney General, for the appellee, State of Tennessee.

Judge(s): WEDEMEYER

In 2013, the Defendant, James Daniel Cruze, II, pleaded guilty to sale of a Schedule II controlled substance, and the trial court sentenced him to ten years, to be served at 35%, suspended after the service of 365 days. In 2015, the Defendant?s probation officer filed a probation violation report in which he alleged that the Defendant had absconded, thereby violating several of the rules of his probation. After a hearing, the trial court revoked the Defendant?s probation and ordered him to serve the balance of his sentence in confinement. On appeal the Defendant contends that the trial court erred when it ordered that he serve his sentence as a result of what he deems “minor infractions” of his probation. We affirm the trial court?s judgment.