US v. Marlon Davis
UNPUBLISHED UNITED STATES COURT OF APPEALS FOR THE FOURTH CIRCUIT
UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, Plaintiff Appellee, v. MARLON LAMONT DAVIS, Defendant Appellant.
Appeal from the United States District Court for the Middle District of North Carolina, at Winston-Salem. William L. Osteen, Jr., District Judge. (1:08-cr-00037-WO-1)
November 20, 2009
January 4, 2010
Before NIEMEYER, MOTZ, and AGEE, Circuit Judges.
Affirmed by unpublished per curiam opinion.
Marc L. Resnick, Washington, D.C., for Appellant. Anna Mills Wagoner, United States Attorney, Graham T. Green, Assistant United States Attorney, Greensboro, North Carolina, for Appellee.
Unpublished opinions are not binding precedent in this circuit.
PER CURIAM: Marlon Lamont Davis pled guilty to possession of a firearm §§ the by a convicted felon, in violation of 18 U.S.C.
922(g)(1), 924(a)(2) (2006). Armed Career Criminal Act
Davis was sentenced under ("ACCA"), 18 U.S.C. § 924(e)
(2006), to 180 months' imprisonment.
Davis appeals, arguing
that the district court erred in finding that his 1995 North Carolina state conviction for breaking and entering into a
business qualified as a predicate offense for purposes of the ACCA. Finding no error, we affirm. In considering whether the district court properly
designated Davis as an armed career criminal, this court reviews the district court's legal determinations de novo and its
factual findings for clear error. 350 F.3d 446, 451 (4th Cir. 2003).
United States v. Wardrick, A defendant is an armed
career criminal when he violates § 922(g)(1) and has three prior convictions for violent felonies or serious drug offenses. U.S.C. § 924(e)(1); U.S. Sentencing Guidelines 18
A violent felony is one that "has as an element the
use, attempted use, or threatened use of physical force against the person of another, . . . is burglary, . . . or otherwise involves conduct that presents a serious potential risk of
physical injury to another."
18 U.S.C. § 924(e)(2)(B)(i)-(ii).
To determine whether an offense under state law falls within the 2
definition of a violent felony, this court uses a categorical approach, which "takes into account only the definition of the offense and the fact of conviction." 278 F.3d 282, 286 (4th Cir. 2002). United States v. Pierce, The particular label or See Taylor
categorization under state law is not controlling. v. United States, 495 U.S. 575, 590-91 (1990).
For purposes of
the ACCA, "a person has been convicted of burglary . . . if he is convicted of any crime, regardless of its exact definition or label, having the basic elements of unlawful or unprivileged entry into, or remaining in, a building or structure, with
intent to commit a crime."
Id. at 599.
Under North Carolina law, "[a]ny person who breaks or enters any building with intent to commit any felony or larceny therein shall be punished as a Class H felon." § 14-54(a) (2007). For purposes of the N.C. Gen. Stat. a building
means "any dwelling, dwelling house, uninhabited house, building under construction, building within the curtilage of a dwelling house, and any other structure designed to house or secure
within it any activity or property." (2007).
N.C. Gen. Stat. § 14-54(c)
We have consistently held that a conviction under § 14-
54 for breaking and entering qualifies as generic burglary, and thus qualifies as a predicate violent felony under the ACCA. See United States v. Thompson, 421 F.3d 278, 284 (4th Cir.
2005); United States v. Bowden, 975 F.2d 1080, 1085 (4th Cir. 3
Therefore, we conclude the district court did not err in
sentencing Davis as an armed career criminal. Accordingly, we affirm Davis' sentence. We dispense
with oral argument because the facts and legal contentions are adequately presented in the materials before the court and
argument would not aid the decisional process. AFFIRMED
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