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Posted by: Landry Butler on Feb 23, 2018

Court: TN Court of Criminal Appeals

Attorneys 1:

Anna R. Smith, Memphis, Tennessee, for the appellant, Dwight Harris.

Attorneys 2:

Herbert H. Slatery III, Attorney General and Reporter; Benjamin A. Ball, Senior Counsel; Amy P. Weirich, District Attorney General; and Kenya Smith, Assistant District Attorney General, for the appellee, State of Tennessee.

Judge(s): WOODALL

Petitioner, Dwight Harris, pled guilty in case no. 14-02706 to aggravated burglary. He received a six-year sentence as a Range II multiple offender. Petitioner pled guilty in case no. 15-00395 to aggravated burglary and theft of property valued at more than $1,000. He received an effective sentence of six years as a Range I standard offender to be served consecutively to the sentence in case no. 14-02706. Petitioner subsequently filed a post-conviction petition alleging that he received ineffective assistance of counsel and that his guilty pleas were involuntary. After a hearing on the petition, it was denied by the post-conviction court. On appeal, Petitioner also asserts that he did not receive the effective assistance of counsel and that his guilty pleas were not voluntary. Following our review of the record and the parties’ briefs, we affirm the judgment of the post-conviction court.