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US v. Ellis, 08-2512

By FindLaw Staff on September 17, 2010 | Last updated on March 21, 2019

US v. Ellis, 08-2512, concerned a challenge to a defendant's convictions for firearm related crimes in Indiana and in Illinois district courts, in connection with defendant's role as the chief enforcer of a notorious Chicago street gang.


The court reversed in part in concluding that defendant is not subject to the enhanced penalties applicable to armed career criminals under the ACCA or the sentencing guidelines as defendant's conviction for felony intimidation under Indiana law does not have "as an element the threatened use of physical force against the person of another" and therefore does not qualify as a violent felony under the primary definition of the term.  The court also reversed defendant's conviction on one of the section 922(g)(1) counts in the Indiana case on double jeopardy grounds as it was based on defendant's possession of the same guns as in the Illinois case and the government has not sufficiently established a break in constructive possession.  The court rejected defendant's remaining arguments and remanded for resentencing.

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