Wright v. Woodson (U)

The court denied a petition for habeas corpus. Although the petitioner’s trial counsel was unaware that grand larceny was not a lesser-included offense of robbery, he wanted the jury to have the option of perspective and a lighter sentence. Trial counsel’s representation was not objectively unreasonable. He was anxious that the petitioner would be convicted and exposed to the possibility of a life sentence. Conviction for grand larceny would allow the jury to impose a sentence that limited incarceration to a term of no more than 20 years and included the possibility of no incarceration at all.

Wright v. Woodson (U), No. 170163, Oct. 18, 2018. SCV (per curiam).

Categories: Opinions, Supreme Court of Virginia, Unpublished


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