United States v. Gonzalez (Deida), No. 11-2722 (2d Cir. 2012)Annotate this Case
Defendant appealed his conviction based on two counts of bank robbery and sentence of life imprisonment. The court held that the three strikes statutory scheme under 18 U.S.C. 3559(c)(1) was constitutional and did not violate the doctrine of separation of powers. Further, defendant's argument that prior convictions subjecting a defendant to life imprisonment under section 3559 must be found by a jury in a bifurcated jury trial was without merit. The court considered all of defendant's remaining arguments on appeal and found them to be without merit. Accordingly, the court affirmed the judgment.