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Posted by: Stacey Shrader Joslin on Aug 15, 2016

Court: TN Court of Criminal Appeals

Attorneys 1:

Shantell S. Suttle, Cordova, Tennessee, for the appellant, Tanyawa Sallie.

Attorneys 2:

Herbert H. Slatery III, Attorney General and Reporter; Jonathan H. Wardle, Assistant Attorney General; C. Phillip Bivens, District Attorney General; and Renee M. Creasy, Assistant District Attorney General, for the appellee, State of Tennessee.

Judge(s): WOODALL

Defendant, Tanyawa Sallie, was indicted for the offense of custodial interference, but a Lake County Circuit Court jury convicted her of custodial interference with voluntary return of the child, a Class A misdemeanor. She was sentenced by the trial court to eleven months, twenty-nine days, with ten days to serve and the remainder of the time on supervised probation. On appeal, Defendant challenges the sufficiency of the evidence in support of her conviction and argues that the trial court erred in sentencing by considering her 2004 felony conviction in an unrelated matter and by imposing an excessive sentence. After a careful review of the record, we affirm the judgment of the trial court.