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A jury found defendant-appellant Jesse Isom guilty of (1) two counts of burglary (with forgery the crime underlying the burglary convictions); and (2) one count of possessing methamphetamine. Defendant used an altered receipt when returning items for a cash refund at Walmart. Defendant admitted suffering: (1) three prior convictions that resulted in prison terms; and (2) one prior strike conviction. The trial court sentenced defendant to prison for a term of four years. Defendant raised three issues on appeal, contending: (1) Walmart’s right to control its receipts was not a legal right protected by the forgery statute, and therefore, defendant’s burglary convictions had to be reversed because defendant’s actions did not damage any legal right; (2) there was a lack of substantial evidence to support the finding that he intended to defraud Walmart; and (3) the trial court erred in denying his motion for a new trial. Finding no reversible error, the Court of Appeal affirmed the judgment.