Defendant falsely impersonated drug task force

Intent required in burglary conviction where defendant impersonated drug task force

In a direct appeal from convictions of second and third degree burglary, bribery, and fleeing a police officer, defendant argued, inter alia, that his burglary convictions must be reversed because the State failed to present sufficient evidence to prove beyond a reasonable doubt that he intended to permanently deprive the victim of possession of her property.  Noting that defendant returned to the victim’s house after the victim reported that her belongings had been rummaged through, that defendant falsely claimed to be part of a drug task force and had a toy sheriff’s badge, and that defendant had the victim’s key in his possession, the Minnesota Court of Appeals concluded the evidence was sufficient to prove intent.  Affirmed.

State v. Nelson, A18-1482, Pine County.

Minnesota Criminal Defense Lawyer Lynne Torgerson was not attorney of record in this case.

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