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US v. Johnson, No. 08-3693

By FindLaw Staff on November 18, 2009 | Last updated on March 21, 2019

Defendant's sentence for unlawful possession of a firearm by a person previously convicted of a felony is vacated and remanded where: 1) the district court is restricted to considering the materials outlined by the Supreme Court in Sheppard for the sole purpose of determining to which part of the Pennsylvania simple assault statute defendant actually pled guilty to; and 2) in the event the materials do not demonstrate the mens rea to which defendant pled guilty, his simple assault conviction cannot qualify as a crime of violence in this case in light of the government's representation that it does not seek to define that conviction as a crime of violence to the extent it is premised on reckless conduct.     

Read US v. Johnson, No. 08-3693

Appellate Information

On Appeal from the United States District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania

(D.C. No. 08-cr-0082-001)  

District Judge: Honorable Donetta W. Ambrose

Opinion Filed November 18, 2009


Before: Smith, Fisher and Nygaard, Circuit Judges

Opinion by Fisher, Circuit Judge 


Counsel for Appellant: Renee Pietropaolo, Office of Federal Public Defender

Counsel for Appellee:  Robert L. Eberhardt, Rebecca R. Haywood, Laura S. Irwin, Office of the US Attorney

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