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Posted by: Landry Butler on Oct 18, 2016

Court: TN Court of Criminal Appeals

Attorneys 1:

M. Wallace Coleman, Jr. (on appeal), Lawrenceburg, Tennessee, and Amy Long Schisler (at plea and sentencing), Waynesboro, Tennessee, for the appellant, Nicholas Cole.

Attorneys 2:

Herbert H. Slatery III, Attorney General and Reporter; Sophia Lee, Senior Counsel; Mike Bottoms, District Attorney General; and Beverly White, Assistant District Attorney General, for the appellee, State of Tennessee.

Judge(s): HOLLOWAY

Nicholas Cole (“the Defendant”) pled guilty to fifteen counts of theft of property valued at $500 or less and eighteen counts of burglary of an automobile. Following a sentencing hearing, the trial court imposed an effective sentence of fifteen years' incarceration. In this delayed direct appeal, the Defendant contends that the trial court improperly sentenced him to serve partially consecutive sentences, erred in sentencing him to continuous confinement, erred in denying probation, and erred in imposing an excessive sentence. Upon a thorough review of the record below and applicable law, we affirm the trial court's order as to the length of the Defendant's sentences, the partial consecutive sentence alignment, and the denial of probation, but reverse the trial court's order of continuous confinement for his convictions of “burglary of an auto,” a specifically enumerated non-violent property offense in Tennessee Code Annotated section 40-35-122(c)(18). We remand for resentencing consistent with Tennessee Code Annotated section 40-35-122(a) and section 40-35-104(c).