US v. Hawkins, No. 08-4576 - Criminal Law - U.S. Fourth Circuit
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US v. Hawkins, No. 08-4576

District court's denial of a motion to sever carjacking charges from a felon possession charge by a defendant convicted of crimes related to carjacking and a subsequent arrest as a felon in possession of a firearm is affirmed in part, vacated in part and remanded where: 1) the district court erred in allowing joinder of the carjacking charges with the felon in possession charge because the charges are not of a same or similar character; 2) the misjoinder of the charges affected defendant's substantial rights because the misjoinder had substantial and injurious effect or influence in determining the jury's verdict; 3) defendant's conviction for being a felon in possession of a firearm is affirmed, but his sentence on this count is vacated as it was determined, in part, based on his convictions of the carjacking related crimes; 4) and defendant's conviction for carjacking related crimes is vacated. 

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Appellate Information

Argued: September 25, 2009

Decided: December 18, 2009

Judges

Opinion by Circuit Judge  Agee

Counsel

For Appellant:  Sicilia Englert, Lawlor & Englert, LLC

For Appellee:   Solette Allison Magnelli, Office of the US Attrorney