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Supreme Court of North Dakota.

STATE of North Dakota, Plaintiff and Appellee v. Paxton Benjamin HEYWOOD, Defendant and Appellant

No. 20210259

Decided: April 14, 2022

Anna A. Argenti, Assistant State's Attorney, Bismarck, N.D., for plaintiff and appellee; submitted on brief. Joshua L. Weatherspoon and Aaron D. Pulanco, Bismarck, N.D., for defendant and appellant; submitted on brief.

[¶1] Paxton Heywood appeals from a criminal judgment entered after a jury found him guilty of gross sexual imposition. Heywood argues the district court erred by granting the State's motion to amend the information, and the jury verdict was not supported by sufficient evidence. Viewing the evidence in the light most favorable to the verdict, we conclude substantial evidence exists that could allow a jury to draw a reasonable inference in favor of conviction. We also conclude the court did not abuse its discretion by granting the State's motion to amend the information. We summarily affirm under N.D.R.App.P. 35.1(a)(3) and (4).

Per Curiam.

[¶2] Jon J. Jensen, C.J. Gerald W. VandeWalle Daniel J. Crothers Lisa Fair McEvers Jerod E. Tufte

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