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Posted by: Barry Kolar on Sep 19, 2016

Court: TN Court of Criminal Appeals

Attorneys 1:

Gerald L. Melton, District Public Defender; Russell N. Perkins, Assistant District Public Defender (at sentencing and on appeal), for the appellant, Shenekia M. Parks.

Attorneys 2:

Herbert H. Slatery III, Attorney General and Reporter; Leslie E. Price, Assistant Attorney General; Jennings H. Jones, District Attorney General; and Sarah N. Davis, Assistant District Attorney General, for the appellee, State of Tennessee.

Judge(s): DYER

The defendant, Shenekia M. Parks, was sentenced by the trial court to ten years in the Tennessee Department of Correction after pleading guilty to attempted aggravated child neglect. On appeal, the defendant argues that the trial court improperly enhanced her sentence for attempted aggravated child neglect, a Class B felony, from the minimum of eight years to ten years. The defendant argues the trial court failed to properly apply the applicable enhancement and mitigating factors to her sentence. The defendant also contends that the trial court erroneously denied her request for alternative sentencing. Following our review of the briefs, the record, and the applicable law, we affirm the defendant’s ten-year sentence.