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Based on Burglar’s Intent, Screwdriver is a Deadly Weapon (access required)

Although a screwdriver is not a per se deadly weapon, the court of appeals held that, for purposes of applying an enhanced statutory penalty, it may be defined as a deadly weapon based on its possessor’s intent and subsequent use. The Defendant, Choon Poong Lee, was convicted of statutory burglary in violation of Code § 18.2-91 and, pursuant ...