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DARRIN ANDREWS v. STATE OF MARYLAND

Criminal law — Sufficiency of the evidence  — Burglary

Darrin Andrews, appellant, was convicted of first-degree burglary, second-degree burglary, fourth-degree burglary and malicious destruction of property after a jury trial in the Circuit Court for Prince George’s County. At the sentencing hearing, the circuit court merged Andrews’s third and fourth degree burglary convictions into his first degree burglary conviction. It then imposed a sentence of twenty years’ imprisonment for the first-degree burglary conviction and a consecutive sentence of two months’ imprisonment for the malicious destruction of property conviction.

On appeal, Andrews contends (1) that there was insufficient evidence to support his convictions for first-degree burglary and third-degree burglary because the State failed to prove that he intended to commit a theft, or any other crime, at the time he entered the victim’s home and (2) that his sentence for malicious destruction of property should merge into his sentence for first degree burglary.

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