accomplice


accomplice
/akompbs/
One who knowingly, voluntarily and with common intent unites with the principal offender in the commission of a crime. Smith v. State, Tenn.Cr.App., 525 S.W.2d 674, 676; Model Penal Code, No. 2.06(3).
One who is in some way concerned or associated in commission of crime; partaker of guilt; one who aids or assists, or is an accessory. McLendon v. U. S., C.C.A-Mo., 19 F.2d 465, 466.
Equally concerned in the commission of crime. Fryman v. Commonwealth, 289 Ky. 540, 159 S.W.2d 426, 429.
One who is guilty of complicity in crime charged, either by being present and aiding or abetting in it, or having advised and encouraged it, though absent from place when it was committed, though mere presence, acquiescence, or silence, in the absence of a duty to act, is not enough, no matter how reprehensible it may be, to constitute one an accomplice. One is liable as an accomplice to the crime of another if he gave assistance or encouragement or failed to perform a legal duty to prevent it with the intent thereby to promote or facilitate commission of the crime.
See also abet

Black's law dictionary. . 1990.

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