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Posted by: Landry Butler on Feb 15, 2017

Court: TN Court of Criminal Appeals

Attorneys 1:

Donna Orr Hargrove, District Public Defender; and Michael J. Collins (on appeal and at trial) and James R. Tucker, Jr. (at trial), Assistant Public Defenders, for the appellant, George A. Belt.

Attorneys 2:

Herbert H. Slatery III, Attorney General and Reporter; Brent C. Cherry, Senior Counsel; Robert J. Carter, District Attorney General; and Michael D. Randles, Assistant District Attorney General, for the appellee, State of Tennessee.

Judge(s): GLENN

The defendant, George A. Belt, was convicted by a Bedford County Circuit Court jury of two counts of rape, Class B felonies; one count of incest, a Class C felony; and one count of purchasing alcohol for a minor, a Class A misdemeanor. The trial court merged the rape convictions and imposed a sentence of twenty years for that conviction. The court imposed a sentence of ten years for the incest conviction and eleven months and twenty-nine days for the purchasing alcohol for a minor conviction. The court ordered that all the sentences be served concurrently. On appeal, the defendant challenges the sufficiency of the evidence convicting him of rape and incest and also argues that the trial court imposed an excessive sentence. After review, we affirm the judgments of the trial court.