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Sufficient evidence to prove breach of duty (access required)

There was sufficient evidence to support the jury’s determination that appellant breached her fiduciary duty in connection with dealing with the decedent’s funds. However, the trial court correctly reduced the jury’s damage award after determining that appellant acted properly when ...

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Larceny and burglary convictions upheld (access required)

There was sufficient evidence to uphold appellant’s convictions of multiple counts of statutory burglary and grand larceny. Morch/Sheets/Wilner Appellant Tate was convicted of statutory burglary upon testimony from his ex-girlfriend and owners of the Morch/Sheets/Wilner residence, where stereo equipment, a ...

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Sentence exceeded authorized punishment (access required)

Where appellant was given a 10-year suspended sentence for possessing substances with the intent to manufacture methamphetamine, the sentence is void ab initio because it exceeds the statutory maximum for this crime. In Jones v. Commonwealth, 293 Va. 29 (2017), ...

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Drugs were ‘self-administered’ in vehicular manslaughter case (access required)

Where appellant admitted he had received a methadone treatment before a fatal traffic accident and his blood tested positive for Valium and Xanax, this was sufficient evidence to find the drugs were “self-administered” and to sustain convictions for aggravated involuntary ...

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