Prosecutors file motions ahead of Coleman sentencing

Prosecutors file motions ahead of Coleman sentencing

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KNOXVILLE (WATE) - Prosecutors have filed several motions ahead of the sentencing of Vanessa Coleman.

The Knox County District Attorney's Office filed the motions Wednesday and are calling for a jail sentence of just under 50 years. In her initial trial, she received a 53-year sentence.

The results of that trial were thrown out and a new trial granted after the presiding judge revealed his addiction to prescription pain killers and admitted to using them during Coleman's trial.

At her November retrial, Coleman was convicted on 13 of 17 counts of facilitating the torture, rape and murder of Channon Christian.

Coleman's sentencing hearing is scheduled for Friday.

In the motion filed Wednesday, the district attorney's office argues that Coleman's history of drug use is previous criminal behavior and says it should enhance her sentence.

Coleman's defense is expected to argue that she has no criminal history and has a good shot at rehabilitation.         
   

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