United States v. Morrison, Jr., No. 13-1361 (8th Cir. 2014)Annotate this Case
Defendant appealed his conviction for unlawful possession of marijuana as a previously convicted felon. The court concluded that the district court did not abuse its discretion by admitting evidence of the firearm-purchasing scheme as context for defendant's unlawful possession of the ammunition; the disputed evidence in this case demonstrated the circumstances surrounding the offense and tended logically to prove one or more elements of defendant's unlawful possession of ammunition; evidence of the firearm-purchasing scheme was probative of defendant's knowledge and explained how and why he used another individual to acquire prohibited ammunition; and recent straw purchases by the individual arguably played an integral role in the offense of conviction. Accordingly, the court affirmed the district court's judgment.