Court of Criminal Appeals of Tennessee, Nashville
TORNITA N. CRENSHAW
STATE OF TENNESSEE
Assigned on Briefs January 10, 2017
from the Criminal Court for Davidson County No. 2007-A-591
Steve R. Dozier, Judge
2008, a jury found the Petitioner, Tornita N. Crenshaw,
guilty of two counts of aggravated robbery, one count of
aggravated burglary, one count of especially aggravated
kidnapping, and one count of coercion of a witness. The jury
also convicted three co-defendants related to these offenses.
On joint direct appeal, this Court affirmed the
Petitioner's convictions. See State v. Lance
Sandifer, Stephon Dante Cunningham, Tornita Crenshaw, &
Glenard Thorne, No. M2008-02849-CCA-R3-CD, 2010 WL
5343202, at *1 (Tenn. Crim. App., at Nashville, Dec. 21,
2010), perm. app. denied (Tenn. May 26, 2011). On
April 11, 2016, the Petitioner filed a petition for a writ of
error coram nobis alleging numerous errors. The trial court
issued an order on April 25, 2016, dismissing the petition as
time-barred. We affirm the trial court's judgment.
R. App. P. 3 Appeal as of Right; Judgment of the Circuit
Tornita N. Crenshaw, Nashville, Tennessee, Pro Se.
Herbert H. Slatery III, Attorney General and Reporter; Clark
B. Thornton, Senior Counsel; Glenn R. Funk, District Attorney
General; and Rachel M. Sobrero, Assistant District Attorney
General, for the appellee, State of Tennessee.
W. Wedemeyer, J., delivered the opinion of the court, in
which Thomas T. Woodall, P.J., and Robert L. Holloway, Jr.,
W. WEDEMEYER, JUDGE
Facts and Procedural History
Davidson County jury convicted the Petitioner of two counts
of aggravated robbery, one count of aggravated burglary, one
count of especially aggravated kidnapping, and one count of
coercion of a witness, and the trial court sentenced her to
an effective sentence of twenty-three years. The case arose
out of the Petitioner and her co-defendants breaking into the
victims' residence in November 2006. The victims had a
recording studio in the residence, and the Petitioner and
co-defendants, Lance Sandifer, Stephon Dante Cunningham, and
Glenard Thorne, stole the equipment and sexually assaulted
both victims while in the residence. On direct appeal, this
Court summarized the Petitioner's participation while in
the victims' house as follows:
Throughout the sexual assaults, Sandifer was brandishing a
weapon, and Appellants were carrying recording equipment and
various items out of the apartment. Appellants were trading
the weapons back and forth amongst themselves. While she was
being raped, A.B. stated that [the Petitioner] came into the
room and said, "Damn, you guys have her naked."
[The Petitioner] smirked as she spoke. [The Petitioner] also
pointed a gun at A.B.'s head during the rapes and
demanded R.N.'s car and alternatively A.B.'s car.
A.B. stated that the three other Appellants were laughing and
joking about her situation while they carried the recording
equipment out to the cars in the parking lot.
When A.B. returned to the living room from changing her
clothes, R.N. was tied to a chair. R.N. testified that
Appellants tied him to the chair with electrical cord.
Sandifer and Cunningham were beating R.N. [The Petitioner]
forced A.B. to strike R.N.
Thorne asked A.B. if she wanted to leave with them. Because
A.B. was fearful that Appellants would kill her if she stayed
behind, she asked where they were going. [The Petitioner],
who was holding a gun at the time, stated that A.B. was
coming with them. Cunningham and [the Petitioner] led A.B. to
her own car and placed her in the backseat. When A.B. left
the apartment with Cunningham and [the Petitioner], R.N. was
still tied to the chair. R.N. overheard Sandifer and Thorne
arguing about whether to shoot him. R.N. was able to work his
way out of the electrical cord and ran out of a back door in
the apartment. Shortly thereafter, Thorne accidentally shot
himself in the foot when he put the gun into the waistband of
his pants. While Cunningham, [the Petitioner], and A.B. were
leaving the apartment, A.B. heard the gunshot and thought
that Sandifer and Thorne had shot R.N.
See State v. Lance Sandifer, Stephon Dante Cunningham,
Tornita Crenshaw, & Glenard Thorne, No.
M2008-02849-CCA-R3-CD, 2010 WL 5343202, at *1 (Tenn. Crim.
App., at Nashville, Dec. 21, 2010), perm. app.
denied (Tenn. May 26, 2011). Co-defendant Cunningham and
the Petitioner held A.B. against her will while Thorne and
Sandifer went to the hospital seeking treatment for
Thorne's self-inflicted gunshot wound. Co-defendant
Cunningham and the Petitioner forced the victim to use her
credit card to pay for a hotel room that night and forced her
to use her ATM to access money for them the following day