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Christian-Newsom – Judge Creates Confusion With Coleman Sentence


What appeared to be a solid sentence yesterday, in fact, turned out to be a disappointment for Channon and Chris’ families.

According to WBIR, “The judge misspoke on the stand while clarifying the sentence.”

Even the prosecutors were confused about the sentence handed down by Judge Blackwood.

After clarification, the sentence stands at 35 years:

– 25 years for facilitation of felony murder

–  6 years for facilitation of aggravated kidnapping

– 4 years for facilitation of rape.

Coleman has already spent 6 years in prison and the new sentence makes her eligible for parole in under 5 years.

There is no guarantee she will get early parole and the understandably angry families vow to fight her early release.

  1. ritanita
    02/02/2013 at 9:19 am

    Major disappointment!

    • donchais
      02/02/2013 at 9:41 am

      Just pitiful this is all Baumgartner’s fault.

  2. David In TN
    02/04/2013 at 3:26 pm

    Knoxville News Sentinel reporter Jamie Satterfield told me by email that Judge Blackwood did give the 13th Juror affirmation of the verdict in November. This is something Baumgartner never bothered with during four verdicts and four sentencing hearings.

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