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US v. Maroquin-Bran, No. 08-4464

District court's sentencing of a Guatemalan citizen for illegally re-entering the US following deportation to fifty-seven months in prison and three years of supervised release after applying a sixteen level enhancement is vacated and remanded for resentencing as section 2L1.2(b)(1)(A) requires a prior conviction for a felony that is a drug trafficking offense, not simply a conviction under a statute that criminalizes drug trafficking as well as other activities.     

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Appellate Information

Argued: September 25, 2009

Decided: November 9, 2009


Opinion by Judge Motz


For Appellant: G. Alan DuBois, Office of the Federal Public Defender, Raleigh, North Carolina

For Appellee: Jennifer P. May-Parker, Office of the US Attorney, Raleigh, North Carolina