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Posted by: Tanja Trezise on Mar 30, 2017

Court: TN Court of Criminal Appeals

Attorneys 1:

Gene G. Scott, Jr., Jonesborough, Tennessee (on appeal), and J. Matt King, Kingsport, Tennessee (at trial), for the Appellant, Van Trent.

Attorneys 2:

Herbert H. Slatery III, Attorney General and Reporter; Renee W. Turner, Senior Counsel; Barry Staubus, District Attorney General; and Julie R. Canter, Assistant District Attorney General, for the Appellee, State of Tennessee.

Judge(s): OGLE

The Appellant, Van Trent, was convicted by a Sullivan County Criminal Court Jury of five counts of facilitation of dogfighting. The Appellant received concurrent sentences of eleven months and twenty-nine days for each conviction, sixty days of which was to be served in confinement and the remainder on probation. On appeal, the Appellant challenges the sufficiency of the evidence sustaining his convictions, the trial court?s instructing the jury on lesser-included offenses over the Appellant?s objection, the denial of the Appellant?s right to counsel, the admissibility of expert testimony regarding the causation of scarring to the dogs, the introduction of the Appellant?s appearance bond as rebuttal proof, and the trial court?s denial of full probation. Upon review, we affirm the judgments of the trial court.