make WWAY your homepage  Become a fan on facebook  Follow us on twitter  Receive RSS Newsfeeds  MEMBERS: Register | Login

Supreme Court: Career criminal won't get less prison time

READ MORE:

WASHINGTON, DC (AP) -- The Supreme Court says a career criminal cannot get his sentence reduced because of a change in drug-crime penalties in North Carolina.

The high court on Monday turned away an appeal by Clifton McNeill, who pleaded guilty to gun and drug possession in 2008.

Lower courts increased his sentence under the Armed Career Criminal Act since he had previous drug and robbery convictions. But McNeill argued that his cocaine possession and intent to sell sentences shouldn't count because North Carolina had reduced the penalty for drug crimes since his conviction.

The Supreme Court unanimously ruled that those crimes still counted, since they were committed before the penalties were reduced.

The case is McNeill v. United States, 10-5258.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

Disclaimer: Comments posted on this, or any story are opinions of those people posting them, and not the views or opinions of WWAY NewsChannel 3, its management or employees. You can view our comment policy here.

»

Reply

The content of this field is kept private and will not be shown publicly.
  • Web page addresses and e-mail addresses turn into links automatically.
  • Lines and paragraphs break automatically.

More information about formatting options

To prevent automated spam submissions leave this field empty.
CAPTCHA
Please re-enter the code shown in the image below.