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No Relief for ‘Gravely Unjust’ ACCA Sentence (access required)

Although the Charlottesville U.S. Dis­trict Court is troubled by defendant’s 2005 sentencing under the Armed Career Criminal Act, based on prior “violent fel­ony” convictions from over 45 years ago, the court cannot grant relief from defen­dant’s mandatory 15-year sentence for possession of a firearm and marijuana; the U.S. Supreme Court’s 2015 decision invalidating the “residual ...