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Jones v. State

Supreme Court of Delaware

November 13, 2013

Ronald JONES, Defendant Below, Appellant,
v.
STATE of Delaware, Plaintiff Below, Appellee.

Submitted: Nov. 6, 2013.

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Court Below— Superior Court of the State of Delaware, in and for New Castle County, Cr.A. No. 1212004368.

Upon appeal from the Superior Court. AFFIRMED.

Bernard J. O'Donnell, Esquire, Office of the Public Defender, Wilmington, Delaware, for appellant.

Scott D. Goodwin, Esquire, Department of Justice, Wilmington, Delaware, for appellee.

Before HOLLAND, BERGER and RIDGELY, Justices.

HOLLAND, Justice:

The defendant-appellant, Ronald Jones (" Jones" ), appeals from a bench trial conviction in the Superior Court of one count of Failing to Reregister as a Sex Offender. Jones raises one claim on appeal. Jones contends that the evidence failed to show beyond a reasonable doubt that Jones had knowingly or recklessly failed to re-register as a homeless sex offender.

We have concluded that Jones' argument is without merit. Therefore, the judgment of the Superior Court is affirmed.

Facts

On September 28, 2012, Jones was released from prison after being convicted of a sex offense in New Jersey. Upon release, Jones moved to Delaware to be closer to his mother. Jones then spoke to Richard Paredes, the executive director of the 3-D Foundation (" 3-D" ), which is dedicated to allowing former prisoners and mentally disabled to barter services in return for a place to stay.

3-D gave Jones a cell phone and housing located on West Willow Run Drive (" Willow Run" ), which Jones would help repair in return for a rent referral. If Jones was

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unable to work, he would have been charged rent at a rate of ten dollars per day. Jones arrived at the Willow Run house on September 28th and slept that night on a love seat in the living ...


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