No. 11-3775.

681 F.3d 914 (2012)

UNITED STATES of America, Appellee, v. Gilberto LARA-RUIZ, also known as Hill, Appellant.

United States Court of Appeals, Eighth Circuit.

Filed: June 4, 2012.

Attorney(s) appearing for the Case

Cenobio Lozano, Jr. , Harrisonville, MO, argued, for appellant.

Bruce A. Rhoades , Asst. U.S. Atty., Kansas City, MO, argued ( David M. Ketchmark , Acting U.S. Atty., Lajuana M. Counts , Philip M. Koppe , Asst. U.S. Attys., on the brief), for appellee.

Before WOLLMAN, BEAM, and BENTON, Circuit Judges.

BEAM, Circuit Judge.

A jury convicted Gilberto Lara-Ruiz, also known as "Hill," of possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime, in violation of 18 U.S.C. § 924(c)(1)(A), and use of a firearm during and in relation to a drug trafficking crime, also in violation of § 924(c)(1)(A). The district court sentenced Lara-Ruiz to a total of thirty years' imprisonment — a mandatory minimum five...

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