United States v. Ball, No. 16-1526 (1st Cir. 2017)Annotate this Case
The First Circuit affirmed defendant's sentence after he pleaded guilty to unlawful possession of a firearm. The court held that defendant's prior conviction for robbery under 18 Pa. Cons. Stat. 3701(a)(1)(iv) fell within the career offender guideline's residual clause in the 2015 Guidelines Manual. In this case, the Pennsylvania conviction qualified as a crime of violence because it involved conduct that presented a serious potential risk of physical injury to another and it substantially corresponded to the definition of generic robbery.