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JEFFREY STEPHEN TAYLOR v. STATE OF MARYLAND

Criminal law — Sufficiency of the evidence — Fourth-degree burglary

Appellant Jeffrey Stephen Taylor, a homeless veteran, was found in a crawl space beneath a residential building in Ocean City. He was charged with burglary in the fourth degree in violation of Md. Code (2002, 2012 Repl. Vol.), § 6-205(b) of the Criminal Law Article (“CL”), which provides that “[a] person may not break and enter the storehouse of another.” At a bench trial in the Circuit Court for Worcester County, at the close of all evidence, Taylor moved for judgment of acquittal. The trial court denied the motion and convicted Taylor of fourth-degree burglary. The court sentenced him to two years of incarceration, with all but six months suspended.

Taylor presents the following question on appeal: Under [CL § 6-205(b)], did the State present evidence sufficient to prove beyond all reasonable doubt the breaking and storehouse elements of burglary in the fourth degree?

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