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Posted by: Landry Butler on Dec 2, 2016

Court: TN Court of Criminal Appeals

Attorneys 1:

Roger E. Nell (on appeal), Clarksville, Tennessee and Collier W. Goodlett (at trial), Springfield, Tennessee, for the appellant, Jonathon D. Brown.

Attorneys 2:

Herbert H. Slatery III, Attorney General and Reporter; Robert W. Wilson, Assistant Attorney General; John W. Carney, District Attorney General; and Jason White and John Finklea, Assistant District Attorneys General, for the appellee, State of Tennessee.

Judge(s): HOLLOWAY

Jonathon D. Brown (“the Defendant”) was convicted of aggravated rape, especially aggravated kidnapping, and theft of property over the value of $1,000 by a Robertson County jury. The trial court sentenced the Defendant as a career offender to sixty years for both the aggravated rape and especially aggravated kidnapping charges, and to twelve years for the theft charge. The trial court ordered the sentences to be served concurrently in the Department of Correction. On appeal, the Defendant argues that venue was improper in Robertson County and that the evidence as to identity was insufficient for a rational juror to find that the Defendant was the assailant beyond a reasonable doubt. After a thorough review of the record and applicable law, we affirm the judgments of the trial court.