Assigned on Briefs October 4, 2016
from the Criminal Court for Shelby County No. 13-02386 Chris
Petitioner, Ronnie Hughes, appeals the dismissal of his
petition for post-conviction relief by the Shelby County
Criminal Court. On appeal, the Petitioner argues that he
received ineffective assistance of counsel and that his
guilty plea was involuntary and unknowing. Upon review, we
affirm the judgment of the post-conviction court.
R. App. P. 3 Appeal as of Right; Judgments of the Criminal
E. Thomas (on appeal), and David S. Mays (at hearing for
post-conviction relief), Memphis, Tennessee, for the
Petitioner, Ronnie Hughes.
Herbert H. Slatery III, Attorney General and Reporter;
Jonathan H. Wardle, Assistant Attorney General; Amy P.
Weirich, District Attorney General; and Chris Lareau,
Assistant District Attorney General, for the Appellee, State
Camille R. McMullen, J., delivered the opinion of the court,
in which Alan E. Glenn and Timothy L. Easter, JJ., joined.
CAMILLE R. McMULLEN, JUDGE
16, 2013, the Petitioner was indicted by a Shelby County
Grand Jury on one count of carjacking and one count of
robbery in Case No. 13-02386. On December 16, 2013, the
Petitioner entered a guilty plea to one count of carjacking,
and pursuant to a plea agreement, the State dismissed the
remaining count of robbery. As a Range II, Multiple Offender,
the Petitioner received an effective sentence of fifteen
years' incarceration at thirty-five percent.
At the December 16, 2013 guilty plea hearing, the State
summarized the underlying facts as follows:
On [October 14, 2012], Ms. Lachelle Thomas was driving her
„89 Ford Aerostar van near the intersection of Poplar
and Dunlap when she was flagged down by a male known to her
as Buck. Buck asked Ms. Thomas for a ride. Ms. Thomas agreed
to provide a ride for [five dollars] worth of gasoline. Buck
got into the '89 Ford Aerostar van with [Ms.] Thomas. And
after getting the gas while riding down Leath, Buck began to
strike [Ms.] Thomas in the face. [Ms.] Thomas stopped the
vehicle in the middle of the road, at which time Buck took
[Ms.] Thomas' van and fled the scene. [Ms.] Thomas later
went to the hospital and learned she sustained a broken jaw.
During the course of the investigation, Ronnie Hughes was
developed as a suspect. Ms. Thomas was shown a six-person
photographic lineup, at which time Ms. Thomas identified Mr.
Hughes as Buck, the male that carjacked her of her Aerostar
van. All these events occurred here in Shelby County.
Petitioner's counsel, on behalf of the Petitioner,
stipulated to the State's recitation of the facts. The
court explained to the Petitioner the rights he would waive
by pleading guilty, including his right to a jury trial, his
right to confront witnesses, his right to compel or subpoena
witnesses, his right to remain silent, and his right to an
appeal. The Petitioner indicated that he understood these
rights and the plea agreement. Then, the court asked the
Petitioner the following series of questions:
COURT: Knowing all that, do you still wish to enter this plea