STATE OF TENNESSEE v. LAURIE LYNN WELCH and ROLAND JOHN WELCH - Articles

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Posted by: Landry Butler on Oct 13, 2016

Court: TN Court of Criminal Appeals

Attorneys 1:

Lee E. Brooks, Spring Hill, Tennessee (on appeal), and Shara A. Flacy, Ardmore, Tennessee, (at trial) for the appellant, Laurie Lynn Welch.

Attorneys 2:

Jacob J. Hubbell, Columbia, Tennessee, for the appellant, Roland John Welch.

Judge(s): WOODALL

Defendants, Laurie Lynn Welch ("Mrs. Welch") and Roland John Welch ("Mr. Welch"), were convicted of promotion of methamphetamine manufacturing, initiation of methamphetamine manufacture process, and possession of drug paraphernalia. Mrs. Welch was sentenced to four years for the promotion charge, eight years for the initiation charge, and eleven months, twenty-nine days for possession of drug paraphernalia to be served concurrently for an effective eight-year sentence to be served in the Department of Correction as a Range I offender. Mr. Welch was sentenced to eight years for the promotion charge, eighteen years for the initiation charge, and eleven-months, twenty- nine days for possession of drug paraphernalia to be served concurrently for an effective eighteen-year sentence to be served in the Department of Correction as a Range II offender. On appeal, both Defendants argue that: (1) the affidavit in support of the search warrant did not contain probable cause; (2) the trial court erred by failing to suppress evidence discovered as a result of a warrantless search and seizure; (3) the evidence was insufficient to support both Defendants' convictions for promotion of methamphetamine manufacture and initiation of methamphetamine manufacturing process and Mr. Welch's conviction for possession of drug paraphernalia; and (4) Mr. Welch's sentence was excessive. After a thorough review, we affirm the judgments of the trial court.

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