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State v. Jetton

Court of Criminal Appeals of Tennessee, Jackson

May 18, 2017

STATE OF TENNESSEE
v.
CHARIS LYNN JETTON

          Assigned on Briefs May 2, 2017

         Appeal from the Circuit Court for Fayette County No. 16-CR-47 J. Weber McCraw, Judge

         The defendant, Charis Lynn Jetton, pled guilty to voluntary manslaughter and possession of a firearm during the commission of a dangerous felony. Tenn. Code Ann. §§ 39-13-211, 39-17-1324(a). For her respective crimes, the trial court imposed consecutive sentences of seven years and three years in the Tennessee Department of Correction. On appeal, the defendant argues the trial court erroneously denied her request for alternative sentencing as to the voluntary manslaughter conviction. Following our review of the briefs, the record, and the applicable law, we affirm the defendant's seven-year sentence to be served in confinement.

         Tenn. R. App. P. 3 Appeal as of Right; Judgment of the Circuit Court Affirmed.

          Steven E. Farese, Jr., Ashland, Mississippi, for the appellant, Charis Lynn Jetton.

          Herbert H. Slatery III, Attorney General and Reporter; Caitlin Smith, Assistant Attorney General; D. Mike Dunavant, District Attorney General; and Mark Davidson, Assistant District Attorney General, for the appellee, State of Tennessee.

          J. Ross Dyer, J., delivered the opinion of the court, in which Alan E. Glenn and Robert L. Holloway, Jr., JJ., joined.

          OPINION

          J. ROSS DYER, JUDGE

         FACTS

         This case arose after the defendant shot and killed her husband, Jack Jetton, on December 16, 2015, in their home in Fayette County, Tennessee. Following her husband's death, the defendant was indicted for one count of second degree murder and one count of employing a firearm during the commission of a dangerous felony. On August 5, 2016, the defendant pled guilty to voluntary manslaughter and employing a firearm during the commission of a dangerous felony. For the voluntary manslaughter conviction, the State recommended a sentence of seven years as a Range II, standard offender, and a three-year sentence, as a Range I, standard offender, for the employing a firearm conviction. The trial court set a sentencing hearing for September 23, 2016, to determine the manner of service for the recommended sentences.

         Prior to sentencing, the defendant filed a notice of mitigating factors. In the notice, the defendant asked the trial court to consider the following mitigating factors:

1.That the Defendant acted under strong provocation;
2. That substantial grounds exist tending to excuse or justify the [d]efendant's criminal conduct, though failing to establish a defense;
3. That the [d]efendant was suffering from a mental condition that significantly reduced her culpability for the offense;
4. That the [d]efendant, although guilty of the crime, committed the offense under such unusual circumstances that it is unlikely that a sustained intent to violate the ...

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