Current Pending Cases – Criminal
State of Tennessee v. Ronald Lyons, James Michael Usinger, Lee Harold Cromwell, Austin Gary Cooper, and Christopher Alan Hauser (Forgery)
Style: State of Tennessee v. Ronald Lyons, James Michael Usinger, Lee Harold Cromwell, Austin Gary Cooper, and Christopher Alan Hauser
TSC Docket Number: M2019-01946-SC-R11-CD
Court of Criminal Appeals Decision: https://www.tncourts.gov/sites/default/files/lyonsusingercromwellcooperandhauser.opn_.pdf
Court of Criminal Appeals Summary:
Ronald Lyons, James Michael Usinger, Lee Harold Cromwell, Austin Gary Cooper, and Christopher Alan Hauser, Defendants, were named in a 302-count indictment by the Davidson County Grand Jury for multiple counts of forgery and fraudulently filing a lien for their role in filing a total of 102 liens against 42 different individuals with the office of the Tennessee Secretary of State. Defendant Cooper was also named in a second indictment for five additional counts of forgery and five additional counts of fraudulently filing a lien. Prior to trial, Defendant Hauser filed a motion to dismiss for improper venue. Defendants Cromwell and Cooper joined in the motion. The trial court denied the motion after a hearing. After a jury trial, each defendant was convicted as charged in the indictment. The trial court sentenced Defendant Cromwell to an effective sentence of twenty-five years; Defendant Cooper to an effective sentence of fifty years; Defendant Lyons to an effective sentence of twenty-two years; Defendant Usinger to an effective sentence of twenty-one years; and Defendant Hauser to an effective sentence of twenty years. After motions for new trial and several amended motions for new trial were filed, the trial court held a hearing. The trial court denied the motions in a lengthy and thorough written order. Each defendant appealed, raising various issues challenging their convictions and sentences. After deep review, we affirm the all judgments and all sentences.
Appellants September 2, 2021; October 5, 2021; November 8, 2021
Appellee: December 8, 2021
Appellant’s Reply: December 15, 2021; December 17, 2021
Oral Argument Date: April 6, 2022
Link to Oral Argument Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vOpaCtGlMi4
Date of TSC Opinion:
Decision of the Tennessee Supreme Court: None to date.
Summary of decision of the Tennessee Supreme Court: None to date.