US v. Junior Cotton
UNPUBLISHED PER CURIAM OPINION filed. Originating case number: 7:15-cr-00021-FL-1. Copies to all parties and the district court. . [15-4480]
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UNITED STATES COURT OF APPEALS
FOR THE FOURTH CIRCUIT
UNITED STATES OF AMERICA,
Plaintiff - Appellee,
JUNIOR THOMAS COTTON,
Defendant - Appellant.
Appeal from the United States District Court for the Eastern District of North Carolina, at
Wilmington. Louise W. Flanagan, District Judge. (7:15-cr-00021-FL-1)
Submitted: May 30, 2017
Decided: June 30, 2017
Before NIEMEYER, FLOYD, and THACKER, Circuit Judges.
Affirmed by unpublished per curiam opinion.
Thomas P. McNamara, Federal Public Defender, Eric J. Brignac, Assistant Federal Public
Defender, Raleigh, North Carolina, for Appellant. Thomas G. Walker, United States
Attorney, Jennifer P. May-Parker, Kristine L. Fritz, Assistant United States Attorneys,
Raleigh, North Carolina, for Appellee.
Unpublished opinions are not binding precedent in this circuit.
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Junior Thomas Cotton appeals his 33-month sentence imposed following his guilty
plea to being a felon in possession of a firearm, in violation of 18 U.S.C. §§ 922(g)(1),
924 (2012). Cotton challenges the district court’s calculation of his base offense level
under U.S. Sentencing Guidelines Manual § 2K2.1(a) (2014), which establishes a higher
offense level for defendants with a prior conviction for a crime of violence under USSG
§ 4B1.2(a)(2). Cotton argues that his prior conviction, which was deemed a crime of
violence under the residual clause of USSG § 4B1.2(a)(2), is no longer a crime of
violence in light of Johnson v. United States, 135 S. Ct. 2551 (2015) (striking Armed
unconstitutionally vague). We rejected that argument in United States v. Mack, __ F.3d
__, No. 15-4684, 2017 WL 1544953 (4th Cir. May 1, 2017). Accordingly, Cotton’s
challenge is foreclosed by our decision in Mack.
We therefore affirm the district court’s judgment.
We dispense with oral
argument because the facts and legal contentions are adequately presented in the
materials before this court and argument would not aid the decisional process.
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