US v. Wright, No. 08-4679 - U.S. Fourth Circuit
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US v. Wright, No. 08-4679

In a prosecution for being a felon in possession of a firearm, district court's sentence of life imprisonment is affirmed where: 1) the district court properly relied on defendant's prior juvenile convictions to enhance his sentence under the ACCA; 2) district court properly rejected defendant's argument that his juvenile burglaries do not constitute prior offenses under the ACCA because he did not carry a firearm while committing a crime of violence; and 3) district court did not err in sentencing defendant to life in prison as the sentence was reasonable in light of his instant offense, his adult conviction for aggravated assault and battery, and his three prior convictions for burglary of firearms from residences.      

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Appellate Information

Argued: December 2, 2009

Decided: February 3, 2010

Judges

Opinion by Circuit Judge Wilkinson

Counsel

For Appellant:  David Bruce Betts

For Appellee:    Carrie Ann Fisher, Office of the US Attorney