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Posted by: Stacey Shrader Joslin on Aug 3, 2016

Court: TN Court of Criminal Appeals

Attorneys 1:

Stephen C. Bush, Shelby County Public Defender, Harry E. Sayle, III, Assistant Shelby County Public Defender (on appeal); and Trent Hall, Assistant Shelby County Public Defender (at trial), for the appellant, Norman McDowell.

Attorneys 2:

Herbert H. Slatery III, Attorney General and Reporter; Zachary T. Hinkle, Assistant Attorney General; Amy P. Weirich, District Attorney General; and Chris Lareau, Assistant District Attorney General, for the appellee, State of Tennessee.

Judge(s): DYER

The defendant, Norman McDowell, was sentenced to twenty years in confinement by the trial court for the merged convictions of aggravated rape and rape. On appeal, the defendant argues that the trial court improperly enhanced his aggravated rape sentence from the minimum fifteen years to twenty years in violation of the purposes and principles of the Tennessee Criminal Sentencing Reform Act. Following our review of the briefs, the record, and the applicable law, we affirm the twenty year sentence.