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Criminal Jury Instructions

APPROPRIATE

To "appropriate" property of another to oneself or a third person means (A) to exercise control over it, or to aid a third person to exercise control over it, permanently or for so extended a period or under such circumstances as to acquire the major portion of its economic value or benefit, or (B) to dispose of the property for the benefit of oneself or a third person. 

Source:  General Statutes § 53a-118 (a) (4) (applies to Part IX:  Larceny, Robbery and Related Offenses, §§ 53a-119 -- 53a-136a).

Commentary:  See glossary entry for "deprive."  The court should not instruct on both deprive and appropriate when the state is proceeding only one or the other theory in a larceny prosecution.  State v. Spillane, 54 Conn. App. 201, 210-20 (1999), aff'd on other grounds, 257 Conn. 750 (2001). 

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