People v. Patterson

In People v. Patterson, 187 Colo. 431, 532 P.2d 342 (1975), the trial court had denied the defendant's motion for judgment of acquittal on a charge of selling narcotic drugs with the intent to induce or aid the purchaser to unlawfully use or possess narcotic drugs. On appeal, the supreme court concluded that the trial court's ruling was erroneous and that the charge should not have been submitted to the jury. However, the supreme court held, there was sufficient proof of the lesser-included offense of unlawful sale of narcotic drugs, and it remanded the cause with directions to enter judgment on that charge.