Spry v. State

CourtUnited States State Supreme Court of Florida
Citation912 So.2d 384
Docket NumberNo. 2D04-1579.,2D04-1579.
PartiesTorrie D. SPRY, Appellant, v. STATE of Florida, Appellee.
Decision Date19 October 2005
912 So.2d 384
Torrie D. SPRY, Appellant,
STATE of Florida, Appellee.
No. 2D04-1579.
District Court of Appeal of Florida, Second District.
October 19, 2005.

Page 385

James Marion Moorman, Public Defender, and Alisa Smith, Assistant Public Defender, Bartow, for Appellant.

Charles J. Crist, Jr., Attorney General, Tallahassee, and Richard M. Fishkin and Richard E. MacDonald, Assistant Attorneys General, Tampa, for Appellee.

LaROSE, Judge.

Torrie D. Spry appeals his conviction and sentence for possession of cocaine within 1000 feet of a child care facility with intent to sell. We affirm his judgment and sentence. In doing so, we reject, without further comment, his fundamental error arguments as they relate to a police officer's testimony at trial. We also conclude that the trial court properly denied Mr. Spry's motion for judgment of acquittal. We remand solely to afford Mr. Spry an opportunity to file a written objection to the public defender lien imposed upon him.

On the afternoon of February 18, 2003, police officers initiated a citizen encounter with Mr. Spry, who was riding his bicycle, and asked to speak with him. Mr. Spry responded that he would speak with them at his home. Despite this initial showing of cooperation, Mr. Spry fled the scene and, in the process, committed traffic infractions. A chase ensued. Mr. Spry ignored orders to stop and rode into a field where the officers lost sight of him. Mr. Spry reemerged on the roadway and the officers apprehended him. The officers cited him for the traffic infractions. Mr. Spry refused to be searched, and the officers allowed him to leave.

A construction worker later told the officers that he saw Mr. Spry toss a can in some bushes in the field. Brought to the site by the construction worker, the officers found a can containing 5.2 grams of cocaine. They found the cocaine approximately 540 feet from a child care facility.

Mr. Spry contends that the State failed to prove that he intended to possess or sell the cocaine within 1000 feet of the child care facility. We reject this argument. Section 893.13(1)(c), Florida Statutes

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(2002), makes it unlawful to sell, manufacture, deliver, or possess with intent to sell, manufacture, or deliver a controlled substance in, on, or within 1000 feet of a child care facility. The State did not have to establish that Mr. Spry intended to sell the cocaine within the 1000-foot safety zone. Where the offense occurs affects only the degree...

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  • Spry v. State, 2D06-3448.
    • United States
    • Court of Appeal of Florida (US)
    • January 17, 2007
    ...in prison, followed by five years of drug offender probation. We previously affirmed the conviction and sentence. See Spry v. State, 912 So.2d 384 (Fla. 2d DCA Now, Mr. Spry claims that his trial counsel was ineffective for failing to object to a police officer's testimony regarding Mr. Spr......

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