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Court of Appeals overturns district court

Following a  jury trial, Michael Brock was convicted on three counts of possession of a firearm by a convicted felon. He was sentenced to a mandatory fifteen year minimum term of imprisonment under the Armed Career Criminal Act. On appeal, Mr. Brock challenged his sentence on the basis that unlawful possession of a machine gun did not qualify as a violent felony under the Act. Following a recent ruling in which the Court of Appeals held that possession of a sawed-off shotgun no longer counted as a violent felony, the Court ruled that the same reasoning applied to Mr. Brock’s possession of a machine gun. Mr. Brock’s case was vacated and remanded for resentencing.

Congratulations to trial court attorney Bill Dazey and to Washington D.C. Attorney David Hudson who handled Mr. Brock’s appeal.

To read the opinion click here.