United States v. Cortes-Salazar, No. 11-11428 (11th Cir. 2012)Annotate this Case
Defendant appealed from his sentence of illegal reentry of a deported alien. The district court enhanced his base offense level by sixteen levels because he had previously been convicted of a "crime of violence" under U.S.S.G. 2L1.2(b)(1)(A), and reduced it by three levels under U.S.S.G. 3E1.1 for acceptance of responsibility. The court held that the distinct definition of "crime of violence" provided in the commentary to section 2L1.2 remained "authoritative" and the district court did not err by relying on the commentary in imposing the sixteen-level enhancement. Accordingly, the court affirmed the judgment.