Session Date: December 6, 2016
from the Criminal Court for Shelby County No. 14-0024 J.
Robert Carter, Judge
petitioner, Sonia Gonzales, appeals the denial of her
petition for post-conviction relief, arguing that the court
erred in finding that she received effective assistance of
counsel. Following our review, we affirm the denial of the
R. App. P. 3 Appeal as of Right; Judgment of the Criminal
J. Montierth, Memphis, Tennessee, for the appellant, Sonia
Herbert H. Slatery III, Attorney General and Reporter;
Zachary T. Hinkle, Assistant Attorney General; Amy P.
Weirich, District Attorney General; and Chris Lareau,
Assistant District Attorney General, for the appellee, State
E. Glenn, J., delivered the opinion of the court, in which
Norma McGee Ogle and Robert L. Holloway, Jr., JJ., joined.
E. GLENN, JUDGE
January 7, 2014, the petitioner was indicted by the Shelby
County Grand Jury for aggravated burglary acting in concert,
a Class B felony, and theft of property valued between $1,
000 and $10, 000, a Class D felony. On September 18, 2014,
she pled guilty to aggravated burglary, a Class C felony, in
exchange for a four-year sentence at 30% as a Range I
offender. Pursuant to the terms of her negotiated plea
agreement, the theft count of the indictment was dismissed.
guilty plea hearing, the prosecutor recited the following
factual basis for the plea:
Had this matter gone to trial the State would put on proof
that on September 9, 2013, Dara McNeal reported a burglary to
her home. She reported that during the burglary several
televisions, a PlayStation 3, an Xbox video game, a computer
and various pieces of jewelry and purses were taken.
[The petitioner] was developed as a suspect. Ms. McNeal
revealed that [the petitioner] had been staying in her home .
. . prior to the burglary but she had been asked to leave as
a result of some issues that she and Ms. McNeal had had. Ms.
McNeal had been letting her stay there for free.
[The petitioner] was located and transported to the Raines
Station GIB, she was Mirandized, she waived her right and she
did give a detailed statement of admission to her involvement
in the incident. She also, in her statement, identified two
other individuals that were involved in the planning as well
as the actual burglary itself. The victim valued the items