Home COMMONWEALTH vs. BRYAN HANDS (and a companion case [Note 1]).

2 Mass. App. Ct. 890

November 14, 1974

These two cases are here, following convictions of robbery, on the defendants' exceptions to the denial of their respective motions to suppress the anticipated (and subsequently admitted) in-court identifications of them by the victim of the robbery. We have carefully reviewed the evidence at the pre-trial hearing held on the motions and concur with the conclusion stated by the judge that "there . . . [was] clear and convincing evidence that an in-Court identification would not be tainted by the so-called cell block identification" (which was suppressed). United States v. Wade, 388 U.S. 218, 240 (1967). Commonwealth v. Leaster, 362 Mass. 407, 415 (1972). Commonwealth v. Murphy, 362 Mass. 542, 547-548 (1972). Commonwealth v. Flaherty, 1 Mass. App. Ct. 282, 285-288 (1973).

Exceptions overruled.


[Note 1] Commonwealth vs. Roy L. Thigpen.


2 Mass. App. Ct. 890

November 19, 1974

This case is before us on the defendant's exception to the denial of his motion for entry of a finding of not guilty. The defendant was charged in an indictment with having escaped from prison in violation of G. L. c. 268, Section 16, as amended through St. 1955, c. 770, Section 82, and was found guilty on October 12, 1973. The defendant waived his right to trial by jury, and the case was submitted to the judge on the following stipulated facts. The defendant was granted a day-long furlough from the Massachusetts Correctional Institution at Concord. Around the time the defendant was scheduled to return, a phone call was received at the institution to the effect that the defendant had been involved in an automobile accident and would be returning about two hours late. The defendant did not arrive that evening but returned voluntarily late the following evening. The defendant raises two points in support of his exception to the denial of his motion. First, the defendant argues that the crime of escape was not sufficiently established, since the element of wrongful intent

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was neither directly proven nor inferable beyond a reasonable doubt. One who violated the terms of his furlough by failing to return at its expiration could be convicted of a violation of said Section 16. (See now St. 1973, c. 1062, Section 1.) Commonwealth v. Hughes, 364 Mass. 426 (1973). While wrongful intent is a necessary element of the crime of escape, see Commonwealth v. Gosselin, 365 Mass. 116, 121 (1974); see also Chandler v. United States, 378 F. 2d 906 (9th Cir. 1967); Riley v. State, 16 Conn. 47 (1843); Cassady v. State, 247 Ark. 690, 693 (1969); Gallegos v. People, 159 Colo. 379 (1966), intent will be inferred from the unlawful departure -- or, as in this case, the unauthorized extension of the period of the furlough -- in the absence of a satisfactory explanation. Perkins, Criminal Law, 504-505 (2d ed. 1969). State v. Clark, 32 Nev. 145, 152 (1909). Wiggins v. State, 194 Ind. 118 (1923). See Fanning v. United States, 72 F. 2d 929, 932 (4th Cir. 1934). The only aspect of the stipulated facts tending to negate the defendant's culpable intent was the telephone call stating that the defendant would be two hours late, the source of the call was unidentified and the truth of its content unverified. The defendant did not return at that time but voluntarily returned to custody a full day later. The trial judge was free to draw inferences from these facts but was not required to find that they constituted a satisfactory explanation. In his second contention, the defendant urges us to disregard Commonwealth v. Hughes, supra, and Commonwealth v. Hickson, 1 Mass. App. Ct. 870 (1974). We decline the defendant's invitation to do so. See Burke v. Toothaker, 1 Mass. App. Ct. 234, 240 (1973). An additional claim made by the defendant, that a substantial variance existed between the indictment which alleged that he "did break therefrom [the Massachusetts Correctional Institution] and escape," and the proof, which showed that he was on furlough and thus could not in fact "break therefrom," was disposed of by the Hughes case, at 430-431.

Exceptions overruled.