February sentencing date discussed for Vanessa Coleman

February sentencing date discussed for Vanessa Coleman

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Vanessa Coleman was found guilty on 13 charges and not guilty on 4 charges. Vanessa Coleman was found guilty on 13 charges and not guilty on 4 charges.

KNOXVILLE (WATE) - The judge who presided over the retrial of Vanessa Coleman in the Christian-Newsom murder case says he would like to schedule her sentencing date in February.

A jury chosen in Jackson convicted Coleman on Nov. 20 of 13 of 17 counts related to facilitation of felony murder.

Knox County Criminal Court Judge Jon Kerry Blackwood sent a letter Monday to state and defense attorneys asking if they would be available for a Feb. 1 sentencing date.

Blackwood said he could also hear defense attorney Theodore Lavit's motion for a new trial at that time.

Coleman's retrial came after her original conviction in the death of 21-year-old Channon Christian was tossed by Judge Blackwood after finding that the judge in the first trial, former Judge Richard Baumgartner was impaired during the originals.

Christian and her boyfriend, Christopher Newsom, were kidnapped, tortured and killed in 2007.

During the retrial Coleman did not face charges in Newsom's killing because the jury in the first trial found her not guilty of those charges.

Coleman could receive up to 45 years in prison for her latest conviction.

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