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Brief Fact Summary. The Defendant, William J. Conley, was convicted by jury of aggravated battery for striking the victim, Sean O’Connell, with a wine bottle. He appealed the conviction, averring that there was no proof of an intent to cause permanent disability.
Synopsis of Rule of Law. Intent can be inferred by the circumstances surrounding the crime.
Issue. Was the evidence sufficient to support a finding of intent to cause permanent disability beyond a reasonable doubt?
Aggravated battery requires the commission of a battery where the offender intentionally or knowingly causes great bodily harm or permanent disability or disfigurement.
The intent to cause great bodily harm may be inferred by the circumstances surrounding the offense, such as the offender’s words, the weapon used, and the force of the blow. Here, the Defendant struck the victim in the face with a bottle without warning. Hence, the jury could reasonably infer that the Defendant intended to cause permanent disability.
Discussion. Intent may be inferred from the surrounding circumstances of the crime.