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CLIFTON LEE JENKINS v. STATE OF MARYLAND

Criminal procedure — Jury instruction — Accomplice liability

In the early morning of January 9, 2015, Officer Desmond Tubman of the Howard County Police Department observed two men burglarizing a convenience store as he passed by in his patrol car. Officer Tubman then tracked the men as they attempted to leave the scene of the crime and arrested them with the assistance of another officer. The two men he apprehended were identified as Shahn Jenkins and Clifton Jenkins, appellant. Appellant was charged with second-degree burglary, malicious destruction of property, and theft.

After a jury trial in the Circuit Court for Howard County, he was convicted on all counts and received a sentence of twelve years in prison, with all but eight years suspended. Appellant appealed, and now presents one question for our review: Did the trial court err in instructing the jury on accomplice liability?

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