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Firearm Possession Conviction Affirmed
In US v. Sistrunk, No. 09-12798, the court affirmed defendant's conviction for possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, holding that, although the trial court erred by ruling that the defense of entrapment was not available to defendant as a matter of law, the error was harmless.
As the court wrote: "Tavaris Sistrunk appeals his conviction by a jury of possession of a firearm by a convicted felon in violation of 18 U.S.C. § 922(g)(1). He argues that: (1) the district court erred by ruling, as a matter of law, that the entrapment defense did not apply to 18 U.S.C. § 922(g)(1) because it is a strict liability offense; (2) that withdrawal of the entrapment instruction with respect to 18 U.S.C. § 922(g)(1) violated Fed.R.Crim.P. 30; and (3) that the district court erred by giving the jury a modified Allen charge after the jury informed the court that they were deadlocked."