No probation for convicted rapist

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By Damon Lawrence

A convicted rapist left the Roane County Courthouse criminal courtroom handcuffed and crying Wednesday afternoon.
Darrell Wayne Griffin, 37, was charged with five counts of statutory rape by an authority figure.


He pleaded guilty to three of the five counts in March. The other two were dismissed.
Griffin was sentenced to three years in prison on Wednesday.
“He’s doing three years at 100 percent,” Assistant District Attorney General Bill Reedy said. “There’s no probation.”
After the sentence was handed down, Spence Bruner, Griffin’s attorney, asked if the courtroom could be cleared so Griffin could have some time with his family before he was taken to jail.
“That’s up to the court and the sheriff,” Reedy said.
Griffin was out of jail while the case was pending, and his request for some alone time with his family was denied.
“He’s had a while with them,” Criminal Court Judge Eugene Eblen said. “We need to probably just go ahead and process him.”
Griffin cried uncontrollably as he was escorted out of the courtroom by sheriff’s officials.
The crimes he pleaded guilty to are Class C felonies.

“It carries a sentence of three to six, and he was entitled to the three years on each count,” Reedy said.
Had the sentences ran consecutively, Griffin would have gotten nine years in prison.
“We had an issue of whether or not we could ask the court to run them consecutively or concurrently,” Reedy said.
“As a matter of law, they have to be run concurrent, because they were all part of the continuing singular transaction.”
Griffin didn’t apologize to his victim, who was in the courtroom.
In addition to the three year sentence, Reedy said Griffin will also have to register as a sex offender when he gets out of prison.
“It’s for life,” Reedy said, about how long Griffin will have to register. “This is not one where he can  get off after 10 years.”
The indictment said Griffin used his authority over the victim to accomplish the sexual penetration.
“I don’t know that I agree with the classification of a class C felony, but that’s what the legislature has given us,” Reedy said.
“To the extent the law allows, we did what we could.”
In Tennessee, felonies range from A to E with A being the highest and E being the lowest.