A man by the name of Jesus Alfonso Castillo who was indicted by a Rutherford County Grand Jury along with four co-defendants for conspiracy to sell over 300 grams of methamphetamine in a drug free zone received a 15-year sentence behind bars after being convicted. Now, Castillo has asked the appeals court to review the case suggesting jurisdiction issues and insufficient evidence to support a conviction.
While the sell of meth in a drug free zone charges were dismissed, one count of conspiracy remained, which is what Castillo was convicted on. Court documents stated, "The evidence established a conspiracy scheme chain, filled with overt acts, which found Defendant a strong link in the loop. Defendant is not entitled to relief."
On Thursday (7/9/2020), The Court of Criminal Appeals of Tennessee released their findings in the case and sided with Judge Royce Taylor in Rutherford County who oversaw the conviction.
Source: Case No. M2019-01256-CCA-R3-CD