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Ga. Supreme Court: Riding Mower Not Motor Vehicle

Updated: 5 years ago.
Georgia's Supreme Court rules riding lawn mowers to not fit definition of a motor vehicle. (photo-Tyle R.)

Georgia's Supreme Court has ruled that a riding lawn mower does not fit the definition of a motor vehicle.

By a 4-3 vote Monday, the court overturned the conviction of Franklin Lloyd Harris. He was convicted of theft by taking a motor vehicle for stealing a riding mower from a Home Depot in Dalton in 2006.

Harris' attorney moved to have the first count dismissed, saying that stealing a lawn mower is not motor vehicle theft under state law.

The Supreme Court reversed the motor vehicle theft conviction and ordered resentencing. Harris had previously been sentenced to 10 years in prison.

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