Harnden v. StateAnnotate this Case
After a jury trial, Defendant was convicted of first degree arson for setting a fire in a Walmart store. Defendant was sentenced to a term of ten to eighteen years in prison. Defendant appealed, arguing that there was insufficient evidence to support his conviction because he was intoxicated at the time he set the fire. Therefore, Defendant argued, he should have only been charged with third degree arson. The Supreme Court affirmed Defendant’s conviction and sentence, holding that the State proved that, despite Defendant’s intoxication, Defendant acted maliciously with intent to destroy or damage an occupied structure, and therefore, there was sufficient evidence to support the conviction.