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Man with 7 bullets sentenced to 15 years; Judge thinks it’s too much

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Man with 7 bullets sentenced to 15 years; Judge thinks it’s too much

But holding that a sentence is constitutional does not make the sentence just

A federal appeals judge who upheld a Tennessee man’s 15-year prison sentence Thursday is calling for a change in federal sentencing rules, the Associated Press reported.

U.S. 6th Circuit Court Judge Jane Branstetter Stranch believes the Armed Career Criminals Act over criminalizes by imposing mandatory minimum sentencing, the Cincinnati judge said.

Edward Lamar Young of Hixson was convicted of being a felon in possession of ammunition in January 2013 after he was caught with seven shotgun shells he got from a neighbor who needed help moving her deceased husbands property.

In October 2011, police were investigating several burglaries in Young’s neighborhood when they found stolen tools and the bullets in his possession.

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