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Criminal Law: Felon in Possession of Firearm-Prior Crimes of Violence-Force Requirement

Defendant pled guilty to being a felon in possession of a firearm. At sentencing, the district court ruled that defendant’s prior second-degree domestic-assault conviction from Missouri state court was a crime of violence and accordingly increased defendant’s recommended guidelines range. Where Missouri’s second-degree domestic-assault statute also criminalized reckless behavior, it failed to qualify as a crime ...