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United States v. John Mekediak

Case Conclusion Date: 06.13.2013

Practice Area: Criminal defense

Outcome: Original sentence overturned and client resentenced to half the original sentence.

Description: Client pled guilty to being a felon in possession of a firearm in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Michigan. At sentencing, client was classified as a career offender on the basis of three prior crimes of violence and sentenced to 20 years. We appealed the sentence to the 6th Circuit Court of Appeals arguing that the juvenile conviction for felonious assault was not a crime of violence and thus client was not an Armed Career Criminal and subject only to a maximum sentence of 10 years. The 6th Circuit Court of Appeals agreed and vacated the original sentence and remanded back to the District Court for resentencing. We represented client at the resentencing hearing where his sentenced was reduced to 10 years.

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