USA v. Stacy Allen

Filing 920100317

Opinion

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NOT RECOMMENDED FOR FULL-TEXT PUBLICATION File Name: 10a0170n.06 No. 08-6162 UNITED STATES COURT OF APPEALS FOR THE SIXTH CIRCUIT FILED Mar 17, 2010 LEONARD GREEN, Clerk UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, Plaintiff-Appellee, v. STACY ALLEN, Defendant-Appellant. ) ) ) ) ) ) ) ) ) ON APPEAL FROM THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT FOR THE WESTERN DISTRICT OF TENNESSEE OPINION BEFORE: SUHRHEINRICH, McKEAGUE, and GRIFFIN, Circuit Judges. PER CURIAM. On June 5, 2008, Stacy Allen pled guilty to various charges related to drug trafficking and possessing a weapon. On September 17, 2008, the district court found that Allen qualified as a "career offender" under U.S.S.G. 4B1.1 and sentenced Allan to 262 months imprisonment. Allen now appeals, arguing that he was improperly classified as a career offender, as his prior conviction for reckless endangerment under Tennessee law one of the necessary two predicate violent crimes for which he was so classified no longer qualifies as a crime of violence. Indeed, in Begay v. United States, 128 S.Ct. 1581, 1582 (2008), the Supreme Court suggested that crimes qualifying as violent for the purposes of classifying a defendant as a career offender must "typically involve purposeful, violent, and aggressive conduct." In United State v. Baker, 559 F.3d 443, 454 (6th Cir. 2009), in which we addressed this exact question, we held that a defendant's "reckless endangerment conviction does not on its face constitute a `crime of violence' under Begay" No. 08-6162 United States of America v. Stacy Allen even where the defendant was classified as a career offender before the Supreme Court's decision. In this case, the government concedes the error, and both Allen and the government ask that Allen's sentence be vacated and the case be remanded for resentencing. As, given the way the law has developed, the district court committed plain error by classifying Allen as a career offender, we accordingly VACATE the sentence and REMAND for resentencing. -2-

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