State v. WaycasterAnnotate this Case
The Supreme Court affirmed the decision of the court of appeals concluding that the General Assembly did not intend for the means of proof mentioned in the Habitual Felons Act, N.C. Gen. Stat. 14-7.4, to be exclusive, holding that the methods of proof listed in section 14-7.4 are not exclusive.
Defendant was indicted on charges of interfering with an electronic monitoring device and attaining the status of habitual felon. Defendant was found guilty of interfering with an electronic monitoring device. During the habitual felon phase of the trial, the court introduced into evidence a computer printout from the Automated Criminal / Infraction System (ACIS) showing that Defendant had been convicted of felonious breaking and entering. The jury found that Defendant had attained the status of a habitual felon. On appeal, Defendant argued that the trial court erred by allowing into evidence the ACIS printout as proof of his prior conviction for the purpose of establishing that he was a habitual felon. The court of appeals affirmed. The Supreme Court affirmed, holding that section 14-7.4 is permissive, rather than mandatory, with respect to the issue of how a defendant's prior convictions may be established and that such convictions may be proven by means of any admissible evidence.