United States v. McLaurin, No. 13-4138 (4th Cir. 2014)Annotate this Case
Defendants McLaurin and Lowery appealed their convictions and sentences for conspiracy and firearms charges related to their involvement in a plan to rob a drug "stash house." The court concluded that the district court did not err in giving the jury supplemental instructions clarifying the term "inducement" on defendants' entrapment defense; the district court did not abuse its discretion in admitting evidence of prior bad acts under Rule 404(b); the district court did not err in determining that the conspiracy and felon-in-possession offenses were properly joined; even if the counts were improperly joined, the misjoinder caused no actual prejudice to McLaurin; and the court exercised its discretion to correct the plain error in calculating McLaurin's Guidelines' range by vacating his sentence and remanding for resentencing. Accordingly, the court affirmed the convictions but vacated McLaurin's sentence and remanded for resentencing.