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Criminal Law: Felon in Possession of Firearm-Armed Career Criminal Act-Violent Felony

Defendant pleaded guilty to being a felon in possession of a firearm. The district court imposed a 15-year statutory minimum sentence under the ACCA, finding that defendant had committed three prior “violent felonies”. On appeal, defendant argued that his 1977 Missouri conviction for second-degree burglary was not a violent felony”. Where the Missouri burglary statute merely ...