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Appeal from the Superior Court of the District of Columbia (Hon. Judith E. Retchin, Trial Judge)

Submitted May 3, 2001

Appellant was convicted of escape under D.C. Code � 22-2601(a)(1) (1996 Repl.) for failing to return to his halfway house. At trial, appellant, relying on standard Criminal Jury Instruction for the District of Columbia No. 4.99A (4th ed. 1996 Supp.), argued that the government was required to prove an “intent to avoid further confinement” as an element of the crime of escape and that the trial court erred in refusing to include that requirement in its instructions to the jury. The trial court was correct. The error is in the standard instruction.

 
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