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US v. Fife, 09-2310

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By FindLaw Staff on October 12, 2010 3:11 PM

Defendant's Sentence Reversed as Prior Convictions Satisfy the Requirements of the ACCA

US v. Fife, 09-2310, concerned the government's challenge to the district court's determination that defendant's prior convictions did not satisfy the requirements of the Armed Career Criminal Act and therefore that he was not subject to the increased sentence under that Act, in a prosecution of the defendant for being a felon in possession of a firearm and ammunition.  In reversing and remanding, the court held that the Illinois armed violent conviction is a violent offense under the ACCA, and combined with the two other violent offenses in his criminal history, the armed violence conviction renders defendant an armed career criminal under the ACCA.

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