United States v. Tony Pledge


PER CURIAM OPINION FILED - THE COURT: Steven M. Colloton, Raymond W. Gruender and Stephen R. Bough (UNPUBLISHED) [4423586] [15-2245]

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United States Court of Appeals For the Eighth Circuit ___________________________ No. 15-2245 ___________________________ United States of America, lllllllllllllllllllll Plaintiff - Appellee, v. Tony Ray Pledge, lllllllllllllllllllll Defendant - Appellant. ____________ Appeal from United States District Court for the Northern District of Iowa - Cedar Rapids ____________ Submitted: April 13, 2016 Filed: July 8, 2016 [Unpublished] ____________ Before COLLOTON and GRUENDER, Circuit Judges, and BOUGH,1 District Judge. ____________ PER CURIAM. Tony Ray Pledge pleaded guilty to unlawful possession of a firearm as a previously convicted felon. See 18 U.S.C. § 922(g)(1). At sentencing, the district 1 The Honorable Stephen R. Bough, United States District Judge for the Western District of Missouri, sitting by designation. Appellate Case: 15-2245 Page: 1 Date Filed: 07/08/2016 Entry ID: 4423586 court determined that Pledge was an armed career criminal under 18 U.S.C. § 924(e) and sentenced him to 188 months’ imprisonment. On appeal, Pledge challenges the armed career criminal determination. The Armed Career Criminal Act provides for a minimum term of fifteen years’ imprisonment for a felon in possession of a firearm, if the defendant has three previous convictions for a “violent felony” or a “serious drug offense,” committed on occasions different from one another. 18 U.S.C. § 924(e)(1). Otherwise, the maximum punishment for Pledge’s offense is ten years’ imprisonment. Id. § 924(a)(2). Before committing the offense in this case, Pledge had sustained two felony convictions for delivery of a controlled substance and one felony conviction for second-degree burglary in Iowa. Over Pledge’s objection, the district court, relying on circuit precedent, concluded that Pledge’s burglary conviction qualified as a violent felony and that he was subject to enhanced punishment under § 924(e)(1). The court then imposed a sentence of 188 months’ imprisonment. On appeal, Pledge argues that a conviction under the Iowa burglary statute does not qualify as a violent felony under § 924(e), because the elements of the Iowa burglary law are broader than those of generic burglary as defined in Taylor v. United States, 495 U.S. 575, 599 (1990). The Supreme Court recently agreed with Pledge’s position. Mathis v. United States, No. 15-6092, 2016 WL 3434400, at *12 (U.S. June 23, 2016). Therefore, the district court erred in relying on Pledge’s burglary conviction to classify him as an armed career criminal. For these reasons, we vacate Pledge’s sentence and remand the case for resentencing. ______________________________ -2- Appellate Case: 15-2245 Page: 2 Date Filed: 07/08/2016 Entry ID: 4423586

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