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State v. Ives

Supreme Court of Connecticut
Feb 1, 1977
374 A.2d 244 (Conn. 1977)


Argued December 10, 1976

Decision released February 1, 1977

Information charging the defendant with the crimes of assault in the third degree, attempted larceny in the first degree, and robbery in the second degree, brought to the Superior Court in New Haven County and tried to the jury before McGrath, J.; verdict of guilty as charged on the first two counts and, on the third count, guilty of robbery in the third degree, and, from the judgment rendered thereon, appeal by the defendant to this court. No error.

Thomas F. Brown, for the appellant (defendant).

Ernest J. Diette, Jr., assistant state's attorney, with whom, on the brief, were Arnold Markle, state's attorney, and John J. Kelly, assistant state's attorney, for the appellee (state).

The defendant was found guilty by a jury of assault, third degree, attempted larceny, first degree (extortion), and robbery, third degree, and appealed from the judgment rendered on the verdict. On the appeal, he has briefed and argued two claims of error. The first is that the court erred in charging the jury that the defendant could be found guilty as an accessory pursuant to the provisions of 53a-8 of the General Statutes, although he had not been formally charged in the information with aiding and abetting. The second claimed error is that the court erred in denying his motion to set aside the verdict on the ground that the evidence was insufficient to justify the jury in finding him guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.

"[General Statutes] Sec. 53a-8. CRIMINAL LIABILITY FOR ACTS OF ANOTHER. A person, acting with the mental state required for commission of an offense, who solicits, requests, commands, importunes or intentionally aids another person to engage in conduct which constitutes an offense shall be criminally liable for such conduct and may be prosecuted and punished as if he were the principal offender."

We find no merit to the assignments of error, which require little discussion.

As to the first claim, it suffices to note that the defendant did not take any exception to the charge which he now attacks. Not only does the claim not come within one of the exceptional circumstances noted in State v. Evans, 165 Conn. 61, 70, 327 A.2d 576, but the claim is contrary to well-settled law. See State v. Raffone, 161 Conn. 117, 128, 285 A.2d 323; State v. Cianflone, 98 Conn. 454, 460, 120 A. 347; State v. Burns, 82 Conn. 213, 218-19, 72 A. 1083; State v. Hamlin, 47 Conn. 95, 120.

It would serve no useful purpose to summarize the evidence of the assault, attempted extortion and robbery. The evidence must be given the construction most favorable to sustaining the verdict; State v. Avila, 166 Conn. 569, 578, 353 A.2d 776; and this it does in ample measure.

Summaries of

State v. Ives

Supreme Court of Connecticut
Feb 1, 1977
374 A.2d 244 (Conn. 1977)
Case details for

State v. Ives

Case Details


Court:Supreme Court of Connecticut

Date published: Feb 1, 1977


374 A.2d 244 (Conn. 1977)
374 A.2d 244

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