Criminal Law Keyed to Bonnie
Alleyne v. United States
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Allen Alleyne’s (Alleyne) held up a storeowner who was on the way to deposit his proceeds to the bank, while Alleyne’s accomplice approached the storeowner’s car with a gun. The carrier of a gun is subject to the following minimum sentences: (1) five years for carrying the gun, (2) seven years for displaying the gun, and (3) ten years for firing the gun. The trial court found that Alleyne brandished the gun and sentenced him to seven years imprisonment. Alleyne appealed on the basis that the jury did not determine that he brandished the gun. The Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals affirmed and the Supreme Court of the United States granted certiorari.
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