United States v. Reyes-Contreras

Honduran man caught illegally re-entering the U.S. from Mexico after 2012 deportation. Feds: His sentence should be enhanced as he was convicted in 2006 of beating his brother-in-law to death with a baseball bat in Missouri. Fifth Circuit (panel): Our precedent requires us to declare that such a crime is not one of violence, so a sentence enhancement is inappropriate. Fifth Circuit (en banc): “It is high time for this court to take a mulligan” on this issue, and we overrule 15 years of precedent.

Tags: 2018, Fifth Circuit, Immigration, Sentencing

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