US v. Sean Sterling


UNPUBLISHED PER CURIAM OPINION filed. Originating case number: 1:06-cr-00179-RDB-7 Copies to all parties and the district court/agency. [998464241] [09-4205]

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US v. Sean Sterling Doc. 0 Case: 09-4205 Document: 69 Date Filed: 11/12/2010 Page: 1 UNPUBLISHED UNITED STATES COURT OF APPEALS FOR THE FOURTH CIRCUIT No. 09-4205 UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, Plaintiff - Appellee, v. SEAN VICTOR STERLING, Defendant - Appellant. Appeal from the United States District Court for the District of Maryland, at Baltimore. Richard D. Bennett, District Judge. (1:06-cr-00179-RDB-7) Submitted: November 3, 2010 Decided: November 12, 2010 Before WILKINSON, DUNCAN, and AGEE, Circuit Judges. Affirmed by unpublished per curiam opinion. M. Gordon Tayback, LAW OFFICES OF M. GORDON TAYBACK, Baltimore, Maryland, for Appellant. Rod J. Rosenstein, United States Attorney, Tonya Kelly Kowitz, Assistant United States Attorney, Baltimore, Maryland, for Appellee. Unpublished opinions are not binding precedent in this circuit. Case: 09-4205 Document: 69 Date Filed: 11/12/2010 Page: 2 PER CURIAM: Sean Sterling appeals his convictions of two counts of possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime resulting in death, in violation of 18 U.S.C. 924(j) (2006). On appeal, Sterling contends that the evidence is insufficient to demonstrate that he possessed the weapons in furtherance of a heroin conspiracy. "A defendant challenging We affirm. the sufficiency of the evidence faces a heavy burden." F.3d 233, 245 (4th Cir. 2007). United States v. Foster, 507 We review a sufficiency of the evidence challenge by determining whether, viewing the evidence in the light most favorable to the Government, any rational trier of fact could find the essential elements of the crime beyond a reasonable doubt. United States v. Collins, 412 F.3d 515, 519 (4th Cir. 2005); see Glasser v. United States, 315 U.S. 60, 80 (1942). We review both direct and circumstantial evidence, and accord the Government all reasonable inferences from the facts shown to those sought to be established. States v. Harvey, 532 F.3d 326, 333 (4th Cir. 2008). evidence jury supports different, reasonable to United "[I]f the the interpretations, believe[.]" decides which interpretation United We will States v. Murphy, 35 F.3d 143, 148 (4th Cir. 1994). uphold the jury's verdict if substantial evidence supports it, 2 Case: 09-4205 Document: 69 Date Filed: 11/12/2010 Page: 3 and will reverse only in those rare cases of clear failure by the prosecution. After evidence was Foster, 507 F.3d at 244-45. reviewing sufficient the to record, support we conclude that the Sterling's convictions. We Accordingly, we affirm the judgment of the district court. dispense with oral argument because the facts and legal contentions are adequately expressed in the materials before the court and argument will not aid the decisional process. AFFIRMED 3

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