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UNITED STATES v. EDWARDS (2019)

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United States Court of Appeals, Fourth Circuit.

UNITED STATES of America, Plaintiff - Appellee, v. Corey Michael EDWARDS, Defendant - Appellant.

No. 18-4398

Decided: May 28, 2019

Before KING and RICHARDSON, Circuit Judges, and SHEDD, Senior Circuit Judge. Christian Emerson Dysart, Geoffrey Ryan Willis, DYSART WILLIS, Raleigh, North Carolina, for Appellant. Robert J. Higdon, Jr., United States Attorney, Jennifer P. May-Parker, Assistant United States Attorney, Phillip A. Rubin, Assistant United States Attorney, OFFICE OF THE UNITED STATES ATTORNEY, Raleigh, North Carolina, for Appellee.

Corey Michael Edwards appeals the 180-month sentence imposed following his guilty plea to possession of firearms and ammunition by a felon, in violation of 18 U.S.C. § 922(g)(1) (2012). On appeal, Edwards argues that he is entitled to resentencing, as his sentencing enhancement under the Armed Career Criminal Act (ACCA), 18 U.S.C. § 924(e) (2012), is no longer valid following the enactment of the First Step Act of 2018, Pub. L. No. 115-391, 132 Stat. 5194. We affirm.

Because Edwards did not raise his First Step Act challenge in the district court, we review the issue for plain error. Henderson v. United States, 568 U.S. 266, 272-73, 133 S.Ct. 1121, 185 L.Ed.2d 85 (2013). We discern no error, plain or otherwise, on the record before us. Edwards contends that the First Step Act amended the language of the ACCA to define predicate offenses as prior offenses for which the offender served more than 12 months’ imprisonment. However, the language on which he relies amended only the Controlled Substances Act’s definition of “serious drug felony,” not the language of the ACCA. See First Step Act of 2018, Pub. L. No. 115-391, § 401(a)(1), 132 Stat. 5194, 5220. Even after the First Step Act’s enactment, an ACCA predicate “violent felony” need only have been “punishable by imprisonment for a term exceeding one year.” 18 U.S.C. § 924(e)(2)(B). Edwards does not contest that his prior state court convictions satisfy this requirement.

Accordingly, we affirm the district court’s judgment. We dispense with oral argument because the facts and legal contentions are adequately presented in the materials before this court and argument would not aid the decisional process.

AFFIRMED

PER CURIAM:

Affirmed by unpublished per curiam opinion. Unpublished opinions are not binding precedent in this circuit.

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