Felony Murder Conviction Reversed on Appeal

On January 10, 2019, the Appellate Division, First Department reversed Islam Ataroua’s murder conviction and 18-to-life sentence, finding that the trial judge’s refusal to instruct the jury on the statutory definition of “deprive” as part of the definition of larceny, which was the predicate offense for the felony murder charge, was harmful error.  David Klem represented Mr. Ataroua on appeal.