State v. Glenn, No. 22932

CourtUnited States State Supreme Court of South Carolina
Writing for the CourtTOAL; GREGORY
Citation374 S.E.2d 671,297 S.C. 29
PartiesThe STATE, Respondent, v. Darlene Brown GLENN, Appellant. . Heard
Docket NumberNo. 22932
Decision Date03 October 1988

Page 671

374 S.E.2d 671
297 S.C. 29
The STATE, Respondent,
v.
Darlene Brown GLENN, Appellant.
No. 22932.
Supreme Court of South Carolina.
Heard Oct. 3, 1988.
Decided Dec. 5, 1988.

[297 S.C. 30] Deputy Chief Atty. Elizabeth C. Fullwood, of S.C. Office of Appellate Defense, Columbia, for appellant.

Atty. Gen. T. Travis Medlock, Asst. Attys. Gen. Harold M. Coombs, Jr., and Amie L. Clifford, Columbia and Sol. W. Townes Jones, IV, Greenwood, for respondent.

TOAL, Justice:

Appellant Darlene Glenn was convicted by a jury of second degree arson, and sentenced to ten years imprisonment. We affirm her conviction and sentence.

The sequence of events prior to the burning of the mobile home are important to the central issue on this appeal which is whether the mobile home was a "dwelling house" as defined by the arson statute. In March 1985, Mrs. Glenn and her husband purchased a mobile home from Conner Homes. Approximately one year later, on July 8, 1986, Mr. Glenn died after a prolonged illness. On July 9, Mrs. Glenn held a wake in the mobile home for her husband. Mr. Glenn was buried on July 10.

The day after the funeral, July 11, Mrs. Glenn discussed her husband's estate with the probate judge. Because the debts of the estate exceeded the assets, the judge advised Mrs. Glenn to sell most of the estate's property, except the mobile home in which the Glenns only had a small amount of equity. The judge told Mrs. Glenn that she should surrender the mobile home to Conner or it would be repossessed. [297 S.C. 31] After returning from the probate judge's office, Mrs. Glenn told one of her sisters-in-law that the mobile home would be repossessed, but before it could be repossessed, "it would go up in smoke." Another one of Mr. Glenn's sisters testified that prior to Mr. Glenn's death, Mrs. Glenn stated that she would burn the mobile home down if anyone tried to take it from her. Additionally, five other witnesses testified that Mrs. Glenn threatened to burn down the mobile home to prevent Conner Homes from repossessing it. Even Mrs. Glenn admitted that she would rather see the trailer burn than lose it as a home.

On July 14, 1986, Mrs. Glenn stopped by the mobile home to retrieve a Bible. While she was inside, a man from the Veteran's Administration arrived to collect equipment which had been loaned to Mr. Glenn during his illness. After gathering the equipment from the home, the representative from the Veteran's Administration and Mrs. Glenn left and...

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  • Pressley v. United States, No. 7:07-CR-41-D
    • United States
    • United States District Courts. 4th Circuit. Eastern District of North Carolina
    • January 11, 2018
    ...those decisions in 1988 and 1993. See State v. Myers, 313 S.C. 391, 393, 438 S.E.2d 236, 237 (1993) (arson of a boat); State v. Glenn, 297 S.C. 29, 30-32, 374 S.E.2d 671, 671-72 (1988) (burglary of a mobile home). Pressley offers no support for concluding that the Supreme Court of South Car......
  • State v. Benning, No. 3081.
    • United States
    • Court of Appeals of South Carolina
    • December 6, 1999
    ...in a case, improper pitting of witnesses is prejudicial and cannot be deemed harmless. Sapps, 295 S.C. at 486, 369 S.E.2d at 146; Brown, 297 S.C. at 29, 374 S.E.2d at 2. State v. Watts, 320 S.C. 377, 465 S.E.2d 359 (Ct.App.1995) (where objectionable questions resulted in no introduction of ......
  • State v. Davis, Appellate Case No. 2015-000981
    • United States
    • Court of Appeals of South Carolina
    • February 7, 2018
    ...test of whether a building is a dwelling house turns on whether the occupant has left with the intention to return." State v. Glenn , 297 S.C. 29, 32, 374 S.E.2d 671, 672 (1988). "Thus, the mere fact that a building is suitable for use as a dwelling is insufficient...." State......
  • The State v. Phillips, No. 4833.
    • United States
    • Court of Appeals of South Carolina
    • August 4, 2011
    ...This argument is meritless. In State v. Glenn, Glenn and her husband purchased and lived in a mobile home until her husband died. 297 S.C. 29, 30, 374 S.E.2d 671, 671 (1988). After holding a wake for her husband in the mobile home, Glenn learned the home might be repossessed. Id. at 30–31, ......
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  • Pressley v. United States, No. 7:07-CR-41-D
    • United States
    • United States District Courts. 4th Circuit. Eastern District of North Carolina
    • January 11, 2018
    ...those decisions in 1988 and 1993. See State v. Myers, 313 S.C. 391, 393, 438 S.E.2d 236, 237 (1993) (arson of a boat); State v. Glenn, 297 S.C. 29, 30-32, 374 S.E.2d 671, 671-72 (1988) (burglary of a mobile home). Pressley offers no support for concluding that the Supreme Court of South Car......
  • State v. Benning, No. 3081.
    • United States
    • Court of Appeals of South Carolina
    • December 6, 1999
    ...in a case, improper pitting of witnesses is prejudicial and cannot be deemed harmless. Sapps, 295 S.C. at 486, 369 S.E.2d at 146; Brown, 297 S.C. at 29, 374 S.E.2d at 2. State v. Watts, 320 S.C. 377, 465 S.E.2d 359 (Ct.App.1995) (where objectionable questions resulted in no introduction of ......
  • State v. Davis, Appellate Case No. 2015-000981
    • United States
    • Court of Appeals of South Carolina
    • February 7, 2018
    ...test of whether a building is a dwelling house turns on whether the occupant has left with the intention to return." State v. Glenn , 297 S.C. 29, 32, 374 S.E.2d 671, 672 (1988). "Thus, the mere fact that a building is suitable for use as a dwelling is insufficient...." State......
  • The State v. Phillips, No. 4833.
    • United States
    • Court of Appeals of South Carolina
    • August 4, 2011
    ...This argument is meritless. In State v. Glenn, Glenn and her husband purchased and lived in a mobile home until her husband died. 297 S.C. 29, 30, 374 S.E.2d 671, 671 (1988). After holding a wake for her husband in the mobile home, Glenn learned the home might be repossessed. Id. at 30–31, ......
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