ALEJANDRO AVILA SALAZAR v. STATE OF TENNESSEE - Articles

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Posted by: Landry Butler on May 30, 2017

Court: TN Court of Criminal Appeals

Attorneys 1:

Hershell Koger (at hearing and on appeal), Assistant Public Defender, Pulaski, Tennessee, and Brandon E. White (on appeal), for the Petitioner, Alejandro Avila Salazar.

Attorneys 2:

Herbert H. Slatery III, Attorney General and Reporter; Clark B. Thornton, Senior Counsel; and Brent A. Cooper, District Attorney General, for the Appellee, State of Tennessee.

Judge(s): MCMULLEN

The Petitioner, Alejandro Avila Salazar, appeals the dismissal of his petition for writ of habeas corpus by the Wayne County Circuit Court. The Petitioner previously entered guilty pleas to second degree murder and attempted aggravated rape, for which he received an effective sentence of forty years’ confinement. On appeal, he argues that he is entitled to withdraw his guilty plea because his sentence for attempted aggravated rape is illegal and was a material, bargained-for element of his plea agreement. Upon review, we affirm the judgment of the habeas corpus court.

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