US v. Villa, No. 08-8100 - U.S. Tenth Circuit
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US v. Villa, No. 08-8100

Defendant's drug and firearm possession convictions and sentence are affirmed where: 1) absent a display of a weapon or some other type of show of authority, defendant voluntarily consented to further questioning by the officer who stopped her vehicle; 2) sufficient evidence supported defendant's conviction for possessing a firearm in furtherance of her methamphetamine trafficking; and 3) the most natural reading of 18 U.S.C. section 924(c) was that its prefatory clause referred only to a minimum sentence provided by section 924(c) or any other statutory provision that proscribed the conduct set forth in section 924(c).

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Appellate Information

Filed December 29, 2009

Judges

Opinion by Judge Tacha

Counsel

For Appellant:

Ronald G. Pretty, Cheyenne, WY

For Appellee:

David A. Kubichek and Kelly H. Rankin, Office of the United States Attorney for the District of Wyoming, Casper, WY