State v. Hill, ___ N.C. App. ___, 821 S.E.2d 631 (Oct. 16, 2018)

The trial court erred by allowing the State to amend a second-degree kidnapping indictment. The indictment alleged that the defendant restrained the victim for the purpose of facilitating the felony of assault inflicting serious injury. However, that offense is a misdemeanor. During trial, the State was allowed to amend the indictment to add the term “bodily” such that the crime specified was “assault inflicting serious bodily injury,” which is a felony. The court held that the State was bound by the crime alleged in the original indictment. However, the court continued, the indictment does allege false imprisonment, a lesser-included offense of kidnapping. Here, where the jury found that the defendant committed the acts as alleged in the indictment, the court vacated the judgment and remanded for entry of judgment and resentencing on the lesser-included offense of false imprisonment.