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United States v. Edwards

United States Court of Appeals, Eighth Circuit

April 14, 2016

United States of America, Plaintiff - Appellee
v.
Scott Douglas Edwards, Defendant - Appellant

          Submitted February 29, 2016

Page 363

          Appeal from United States District Court for the Southern District of Iowa - Des Moines.

         For United States of America, Plaintiff - Appellee: Amy L. Jennings, Assistant U.S. Attorney, Maureen McGuire, Assistant U.S. Attorney, U.S. ATTORNEY'S OFFICE, Des Moines, IA.

         For Scott Douglas Edwards, Defendant - Appellant: Benjamin David Bergmann, PARRISH LAW FIRM, Des Moines, IA.

         Scott Douglas Edwards, Defendant - Appellant, Pro se, Jonesville, VA.

         Before WOLLMAN, BYE, and SHEPHERD, Circuit Judges.

          OPINION

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          BYE, Circuit Judge.

         Scott Douglas Edwards pleaded guilty to one count of felon in possession of a firearm. The district court[1] imposed a sentence of 108 months of imprisonment. Edwards appeals the calculation of his guidelines sentencing range and the reasonableness of his sentence. We affirm.

         I

         On March 19, 2014, Edwards got into an online dispute with Mark Gines. The dispute was in regards to a woman with whom both Edwards and Gines had fathered children. Edwards and Gines made arrangements to meet at a specific location in order to fight. Jerome Wilson, Edwards's brother, drove Edwards to the location of the fight. Upon arrival, Edwards saw Gines in a vehicle and began shooting at Gines; the two cars exchanged multiple shots.

         Wilson drove away from the scene with Edwards still in the vehicle. After a police car attempted to stop Wilson's vehicle, a high-speed chase occurred. During the chase, Edwards jumped out of the vehicle with the gun and continued to flee on foot. Wilson eventually stopped his vehicle and surrendered to law enforcement. Edwards was arrested later the same day. The next day, law enforcement recovered the gun Edwards used and later matched Edwards's DNA to blood found on the gun. At the time of the incident, both Edwards and Wilson had prior felony convictions.

         Edwards and Wilson were indicted for being felons in possession of a firearm in violation of 18 U.S.C. § § 922(g)(1) and 924(a)(2). Edwards and Wilson were detained at the same jail, but prohibited from communicating. Edwards sent two separate letters to Wilson by sending the letters to a third-party outside of the jail, who then mailed the letters to Wilson. Both letters asked Wilson to provide an alibi and a story as to ...


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