Robbery convictions under Florida statutes qualify as “violent felonies” warranting longer sentences under federal law, a divided U.S. Supreme Court ruled Tuesday.
The 5-4 decision in Stokeling v. United States affirmed a decision by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit, which held that Denard Stokeling’s robbery conviction met the requirements for a mandatory minimum 15-year sentence under the federal Armed Career Criminal Act. The act imposes the mandatory sentence on a defendant who has three previous convictions for a “violent felony.”
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