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Posted by: Stacey Shrader Joslin on Aug 16, 2016

Head Comment: CORRECTION: The term "life without parole" has been changed to "life in prison" on pages 1, 22 and 26

Court: TN Court of Criminal Appeals

Attorneys 1:

Larry Samuel Patterson, Jr., Columbia, Tennessee, for the Appellant, Heather Renee McCollum.

Attorneys 2:

Herbert H. Slatery III, Attorney General and Reporter; M. Todd Ridley, Assistant Attorney General; Robert James Carter, District Attorney General; and Weakley Edward Bernard, Assistant District Attorney General, for the Appellee, State of Tennessee.

Judge(s): PAGE

Appellant, Heather Renee McCollum, stands convicted of first degree premeditated murder and arson, for which she received consecutive sentences of life in prison and five years, respectively. Challenging her convictions and sentence alignment, she raises the following issues in this appeal: (1) whether the evidence was sufficient to support her convictions; (2) whether her arson conviction should be set aside based upon the “physical facts” rule; and (3) whether the trial court erred in aligning her sentences consecutively. Upon our review, we affirm the judgments of the trial court.