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US v. Reyes-Contreras, 16-41218

In an en banc decision, overruled numerous circuit precedents in holding that a Missouri conviction of voluntary manslaughter was a crime of violence. Abolished certain distinctions previously used in the circuit in making crime-of-violence determinations. Held that a man who pleaded guilty to illegal reentry was subject to a 16-level sentencing enhancement because he had previously been convicted of killing a person with a baseball bat.

Appellate Information

  • Argued
  • Submitted
  • Decided
  • Published 2018/11/30


  • Smith


  • United States Fifth Circuit


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