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CHRISTY REGINA LITTLEFORD v. STATE OF MARYLAND

Appellant, Christy Regina Littleford, was convicted by a jury in the Circuit Court for Prince George’s County of failure to remain at the scene of an accident involving bodily injury, failure to remain at the scene involving death, failure to render assistance, and negligent driving. For the conviction of leaving the scene of an accident causing death, the court sentenced appellant to four years’ incarceration, all but one year suspended, plus three years supervised probation and 240 hours of community service. The court merged the offense of failing to remain at the scene of an accident involving bodily injury, and for the two remaining convictions, the court imposed fines totaling $1,500.

On appeal, appellant presents the following questions for our review, which we have rephrased slightly, as follows:

(1) Did the circuit court err in not giving a mistake of fact instruction to the jury?

(2) Did appellant receive ineffective assistance of counsel due to counsel’s failure to request a mistake of fact jury instruction?

(3) Was the evidence sufficient to support Ms. Littleford’s convictions for failing to remain at the scene of an accident involving bodily injury and death?

Read the unreported opinion.