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Dwelling Occupied for Arson (access required)

The Court of Appeals affirms defendant’s jury trial conviction of arson of an occupied building under Va. Code § 18.2-77; our cases hold a dwelling is occupied when residents are temporarily absent and the evidence proves defendant and others regularly inhabited the dwelling he burned after his employment was terminated. Defendant worked as a banquet server ...

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