US v. Joshua Major
UNPUBLISHED PER CURIAM OPINION filed. Originating case number: 1:11-cr-00016-TSE-1,1:16-cv-00324-TSE. Copies to all parties and the district court/agency. . [16-7279]
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UNITED STATES COURT OF APPEALS
FOR THE FOURTH CIRCUIT
UNITED STATES OF AMERICA,
Plaintiff - Appellee,
JOSHUA BRANDON MAJOR, a/k/a Joshua Brandon Tart,
Defendant - Appellant.
Appeal from the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia, at
Alexandria. T. S. Ellis III, Senior District Judge. (1:11-cr-00016-TSE-1; 1:16-cv-00324TSE)
Submitted: July 11, 2017
Decided: July 26, 2017
Before TRAXLER, WYNN, and THACKER, Circuit Judges.
Vacated and remanded by unpublished per curiam opinion.
Joshua Brandon Major, Appellant Pro Se. Michelle Rita Pascucci, Special Assistant
United States Attorney, Kimberly Riley Pedersen, Assistant United States Attorney,
Alexandria, Virginia, for Appellee.
Unpublished opinions are not binding precedent in this circuit.
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Joshua Brandon Major appeals the district court’s order denying relief on his 28
U.S.C. § 2255 (2012) motion, in which he contended that the district court erred in
finding that his prior Virginia burglary convictions constituted violent felonies under the
Armed Career Criminal Act (ACCA), 18 U.S.C. § 924(e) (2012).
We granted a
certificate of appealability on two issues: (1) whether, in light of Castendet-Lewis v.
Sessions, 855 F.3d 253 (4th Cir. 2017), Virginia statutory burglary is a violent felony for
ACCA purposes; and (2) whether Major’s appeal is moot in light of his release from
prison during the pendency of this appeal. After further briefing and consideration, we
conclude that the district court erroneously determined that Major’s burglary convictions
were violent felonies supporting his armed career criminal classification.
precedent at the time the district court sentenced Major supported this classification,
intervening decisions by the Supreme Court and this Court have altered the landscape.
We also find that Major’s release from prison does not render moot his appeal as he
remains on supervised release, and the district court may, in its discretion, alter any
aspect of a defendant’s otherwise statutorily mandated sentence, including supervised
release terms. See United States v. Doe, 810 F.3d 132, 143 (3d Cir. 2015).
Thus, we vacate the district court’s denial of Major’s § 2255 motion and remand
for further consideration. We deny Major’s request that we terminate the unserved
portion of his supervised release term, without prejudice to his ability to seek relief under
18 U.S.C. § 3583(e) (2012). We dispense with oral argument because the facts and legal
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contentions are adequately presented in the materials before this court and argument
would not aid the decisional process.
VACATED AND REMANDED
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