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Criminal Law: Felon in Possession of a Firearm-Serious Drug Offenses-In Connection with Crime of Violence

Defendant pleaded guilty to being a felon in possession of a firearm. The district court sentenced defendant under the Armed Career Criminal Act, finding that defendant’s prior Arkansas convictions qualified as serious drug offenses. The district court further determined that defendant had used or possessed his firearm in connection with a crime of violence when he pointed a firearm at a person attempting to repossess defendant’s vehicle.

Where defendant’s state conviction was a divisible statute and defendant was convicted under the subsection for manufacturing, delivering, or possessing with intent to deliver, defendant’s prior convictions qualified as serious drug offenses under the ACCA.

Judgment is affirmed.

U.S. v. Meux (MLW No. 72930/Case No. 18-1416 – 4 pages) (U.S. Court of Appeals, 8th Circuit, per curiam) Appealed from U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Arkansas, Moody, J. (Chris Tarver for appellant) (Liza Jane Brown and Stephanie Mazzanti for appellee)