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8.6 Assault With Intent to Commit Murder or Other Felony

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8.6 ASSAULT WITH INTENT TO COMMIT MURDER OR OTHER FELONY (18 U.S.C. §§ 113(a)(1) and (2))

The defendant is charged in [Count _______ of] the indictment with assault with intent to commit [specify felony] in violation of Section 113(a)[(1)][(2)] of Title 18 of the United States Code. In order for the defendant to be found guilty of that charge, the government must prove each of the following elements beyond a reasonable doubt:

First, the defendant assaulted [name of victim] by intentionally [[striking] [wounding]] [[him] [her]] [using a display of force that reasonably caused [him] [her] to fear immediate bodily harm];

Second, the defendant did so with the intent to commit [specify felony]; and

Third, the assault took place on [specify place of federal jurisdiction].

Comment

Assaults proscribed by 18 U.S.C. § 113 are those committed "within the special maritime and territorial jurisdiction of the United States." See 18 U.S.C. § 7 for the definition of "special maritime and territorial jurisdiction of the United States."

When the assault consists of a display of force, it must actually cause reasonable apprehension of immediate bodily harm; fear is a necessary element. United States v. Skeet, 665 F.2d 983, 986 n.1 (9th Cir.1982).