STATE OF TENNESSEE v. RAKEEM RASHAN JONES and GIOVOANNE TREYMANE JOHNSON - Articles

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Posted by: Amelia Ferrell Knisely on Apr 15, 2016

Court: TN Court of Criminal Appeals

Attorneys 1:

Christopher G. Clark and Zachary L. Talbot, Clarksville, Tennessee, for the appellant, Giovoanne Treymane Johnson.

Attorneys 2:

Chase T. Smith, Clarksville, Tennessee, for the appellant, Rakeem Rashan Jones.

Herbert H. Slatery III, Attorney General and Reporter; Michael A. Meyer, Special Counsel; John Wesley Carney, Jr., District Attorney General; and Robert J. Nash and Arthur F. Bieber, Assistant District Attorneys General, for the appellee, State of Tennessee.

Judge(s): WOODALL

In a joint trial, Defendants Giovoanne Treymane Johnson and Rakeem Rashan Jones were convicted of first degree felony murder, second degree murder, and especially aggravated robbery. As to each, the trial court merged the second degree murder conviction into the felony murder conviction and imposed a sentence of life imprisonment. As to the convictions for especially aggravated robbery, each defendant was sentenced to twenty-five years, with the sentences to be served consecutively to the sentence for the felony murder conviction. On appeal, Defendant Jones argues that (1) the trial court erred in denying his motion to sever the defendants for trial; (2) the evidence is insufficient to sustain the convictions; (3) the trial court erred both in the length and manner of service of the sentences; and (4) the court erred in denying his motion for mistrial. Defendant Johnson argues on appeal that the evidence is insufficient to sustain the convictions and that the trial court erred in ordering that the sentences be served consecutively. Following our review, we affirm the judgments of the trial court.