US v. Dwight Solomon
UNPUBLISHED PER CURIAM OPINION filed. Motion disposition in opinion--granting Motion to remand case [1000086692-2], tranging certificate of appealability. Originating case number: 1:11-cr-00032-NCT-1, 1:13-cv-00365-NCT-LPA. Copies to all parties and the district court/agency. . Mailed to: D. Solomon. [16-7350]
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UNITED STATES COURT OF APPEALS
FOR THE FOURTH CIRCUIT
UNITED STATES OF AMERICA,
Plaintiff - Appellee,
DWIGHT LEANDER SOLOMON,
Defendant - Appellant.
Appeal from the United States District Court for the Middle District of North Carolina, at
Greensboro. N. Carlton Tilley, Jr., Senior District Judge. (1:11-cr-00032-NCT-1; 1:13cv-00365-NCT-LPA)
Submitted: July 20, 2017
Decided: August 2, 2017
Before NIEMEYER and FLOYD, Circuit Judges, and HAMILTON, Senior Circuit
Vacated and remanded by unpublished per curiam opinion.
Dwight Leander Solomon, Appellant Pro Se. Sandra Jane Hairston, Acting United States
Attorney, Angela Hewlett Miller, Assistant United States Attorney, Greensboro, North
Carolina, for Appellee.
Unpublished opinions are not binding precedent in this circuit.
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Dwight Leander Solomon seeks to appeal the district court’s order denying relief
on his 28 U.S.C. § 2255 (2012) motion. On appeal, Solomon challenges only the validity
of his sentencing enhancement under the Armed Career Criminal Act (ACCA), 18 U.S.C.
§ 924(e) (2012).
To assist in our resolution of Solomon’s request for a certificate of appealability,
see 28 U.S.C. § 2253(c)(1)(B) (2012), we directed the Government to file a response
addressing the impact, if any, of Mathis v. United States, 136 S. Ct. 2243 (2016), on the
continuing viability of Solomon’s North Carolina breaking and entering conviction as an
ACCA predicate violent felony. In response, the Government has moved to remand the
case to the district court. The Government concedes that Solomon’s ACCA enhancement
is no longer valid, regardless of the status of his breaking and entering conviction,
because a different predicate offense—a North Carolina conviction for possession with
intent to sell cocaine—no longer qualifies as an ACCA predicate under United States v.
Newbold, 791 F.3d 455, 463-64 (4th Cir. 2015).
In light of the Government’s concession and our independent review of the record,
we grant a certificate of appealability, vacate the district court’s order denying § 2255
relief, and grant the Government’s motion to rescind the briefing order and to remand.
We remand this case to the district court for further proceedings consistent with this
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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
VACATED AND REMANDED
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