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United States v. Lovell

United States Court of Appeals, Eighth Circuit

January 29, 2016

United States of America, Plaintiff - Appellee
v.
Brandon Lovell, Defendant - Appellant

Submitted December 17, 2015

Appeal from United States District Court for the Eastern District of Arkansas - Little Rock.

For United States of America, Plaintiff - Appellee: John Ray White, Assistant U.S. Attorney, U.S. ATTORNEY'S OFFICE, Eastern District of Arkansas, Little Rock, AR.

Brandon Lovell, Defendant - Appellant, Pro se, Lompoc, CA.

For Brandon Lovell, Defendant - Appellant: Sara F. Merritt, SHERWOOD & MERRITT, North Little Rock, AR.

Before MURPHY, BENTON, and KELLY, Circuit Judges.

OPINION

Page 1062

MURPHY, Circuit Judge.

Brandon Lovell pled guilty to possession of a stolen firearm, possession of methamphetamine with intent to distribute, and carrying a firearm during and in relation to a drug trafficking crime. The district court[1] sentenced Lovell to 180 months imprisonment as foreseen in his plea agreement. Lovell appeals his sentence, and we affirm.

I.

On December 5, 2012 Lovell impersonated a police officer at the residence of a methamphetamine dealer. Lovell pointed a rifle at the female dealer and told her he was a police officer. When he demanded money and drugs, she complied. Several months later, on January 23, 2013, Lovell returned to the dealer's home, stole drugs and money, hit her in the head with a gun, and then kidnapped her in her own automobile. The woman escaped when Lovell and his accomplice stopped at a different residence. Thereafter, on February 7, 2013, Lovell burglarized another individual's home where he stole at least one firearm.

Lovell was arrested on February 8, 2013. On the same day, law enforcement executed a search warrant at Lovell's residence in Culpepper, Arkansas where he lived with his grandfather. In the home officers recovered firearms, silencers made from oil cans, exploded and unexploded pipe bombs, a bullet proof vest, a green jumpsuit with police patches affixed to it, and a blue light similar to the emergency light used by law enforcement. Lovell and his grandfather both admitted that Lovell had been detonating pipe bombs in the yard of the house.

The government charged Lovell with several crimes related to the armed burglaries he had ...


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