High Court's Alleyne Ruling Could Have Major Impact

Law360, New York (August 2, 2013, 1:07 PM EDT) -- Consider Joe Bankrobber. If convicted in federal court, he faces a sentence of zero to 20 years in prison. But if Bankrobber assaulted a teller during the robbery, the statutory maximum increases by five years, and he faces a sentence of zero to 25 years in prison. And if he also took the teller hostage, the minimum sentence goes up by 10 years, and Bankrobber faces a sentence of 10 to 25 years in prison.

In all three cases — simple bank robbery, bank robbery with an assault, and bank robbery with a hostage — the sentencing judge can send Bankrobber...

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