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Federal appeals court rules armed robbery involving controlled substances a crime of violence

Dec 04, 2019 - Legal Monitor Worldwide

(JURIST) - The US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit ruled Monday that armed robberies involving controlled substances are a violent crime under the statute 18 USC 924(c)(3)(A).

The case arose when the defendant, Michael Burke, robbed a Walgreens pharmacy. Burke demanded that the employees give him all of the pharmacys OxyContin after pointing a gun at one of the staff members. The defendant left the establishment with up to 900 pills in hand. A police officer later engaged in a high ...