Today Rylan Coulstring was arraigned in the Hingham District Court. The charges brought by the prosecutor are breaking and entering, disturbing the peace and trespassing. At 12:30 a.m. yesterday a man checking on his boat in a local shipyard heard a noise coming from another boat. The man then saw the defendant with a ladder climbing to get into the boat. He called the police. The police arrived and Coulstring initially refused to leave. He ultimately surrendered.
The crime of Breaking and Entering in Massachusetts is a felony if committed in the nighttime. Massachusetts General Laws Chapter 266 Section 16 states that anyone who breaks into a building, vessel, ship or vehicle with the intent to commit a felony shall be punished. The crime itself is a felony and there is a maximum twenty year sentence that can be imposed if convicted of this crime in the superior court. This crime can also be prosecuted in the district court where the maximum sentence that can be imposed is 2 1/2 years in the house of correction. In cases such as this the primary question that arises is what was the defendant’s intent. Was he looking to commit a felony or did he intent to do something else? This factual distinction serves as the primary basis for defending these cases. It poses great difficulty for prosecutors. For this reason cases such as this are often resolved by way of plea bargain.
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