STATE OF TENNESSEE v. RONALD LEVON COSPER - Articles

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Posted by: Suzanne Craig Robertson on May 12, 2017

Court: TN Court of Criminal Appeals

Attorneys 1:

Andrew S. Balser (at trial and on appeal), John Allen Brooks (pretrial), and Paul Bergman III (pretrial), Chattanooga, Tennessee; Ardena Garth (pretrial), District Public Defender, and Mary Ann Green (pretrial) Assistant District Public Defender, for the appellant, Ronald Levon Cosper.

Attorneys 2:

Herbert H. Slatery III, Attorney General and Reporter; Benjamin A. Ball, Senior Counsel; M. Neal Pinkston, District Attorney General; Lance Pope and Cameron Williams, Assistant District Attorneys General, for the appellee, State of Tennessee.

Judge(s): MONTGOMERY

The Defendant, Ronald Levon Cosper, was convicted of first degree felony murder and attempted especially aggravated robbery. See T.C.A. §§ 39-13-202(a)(2) (2014) (felony murder), 39-13-403 (2014) (especially aggravated robbery), 39-12-101 (2014) (criminal attempt). He received concurrent sentences of life for the felony murder conviction and ten years for the attempted especially aggravated robbery conviction. On appeal, he contends that (1) the evidence is insufficient to support the convictions and (2) he was deprived of due process because the State introduced unreliable identification evidence of him as the perpetrator of the offenses. We affirm the first degree felony murder judgment of the trial court. We affirm the attempted especially aggravated robbery conviction but vacate the judgment and remand for entry of a corrected judgment.

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