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Posted by: Landry Butler on Jun 8, 2017

Court: TN Court of Criminal Appeals

Attorneys 1:

Susan L. Kay, Vanderbilt Legal Clinic, Tracee Clements and Neil V. Greenwell (specially admitted to practice pursuant to Tennessee Supreme Court Rule 7 § 10.03), Nashville, Tennessee, for the appellant, Sanders Lee Madewell.

Attorneys 2:

Herbert H. Slatery III, Attorney General and Reporter; Clark Bryan Thornton, Senior Counsel; Glenn R. Funk, District Attorney General; and Amy Hunter, Deputy District Attorney General, for the appellee, State of Tennessee.


A Davidson County jury convicted the Petitioner, Sanders Lee Madewell, of especially aggravated robbery and criminal impersonation, and the trial court sentenced him to an effective sentence of seventeen years in prison. On appeal, this Court affirmed the convictions and sentence. See State v. Sanders Lee Madewell, No. M2012-02150-CCA- R3-CD, 2012 WL 3129186, at *1 (Tenn. Crim. App., at Nashville, July 31, 2012), perm. app. denied (Tenn. Nov. 26, 2012). The Petitioner filed a post-conviction petition alleging that he had received the ineffective assistance of counsel, that the State had withheld evidence favorable to him, that he was “actually innocent”, and that the trial court failed in its role as the thirteenth juror. Following a bifurcated hearing, the post- conviction court denied relief. On appeal, the Petitioner maintains the aforementioned issues. After review, we affirm the post-conviction court’s judgment.