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B&E Convictions Count for ACCA Status (access required)

The 4th Circuit affirms a defendant’s firearm-possession sentence as an Armed Career Criminal based on his three prior North Carolina convictions for “breaking or entering” in violation of N.C. Gen. Stat. § 14-54(a). The question presented here is a simple one: does North Carolina’s “breaking or entering” offense qualify as burglary and thus, as a predicate ...