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Hixson man's story prompts judge to call for overhaul of sentencing rules

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Edward Young in a family photo. Edward Young in a family photo.
By BRETT BARROUQUERE
Associated Press

A federal appeals court judge is calling for an overhaul of federal sentencing rules after upholding the 15-year prison term of a Tennessee man convicted of possessing seven bullets.

Jane Branstetter Stranch of the U.S. 6th Circuit Court of Appeals on Thursday said lawmakers need to reconsider the Armed Career Criminal Act, which she says "over-criminalizes" certain conduct by imposing mandatory minimum sentences for some crimes.

Stranch's comments came in a concurrence in the case of Edward L. Young of Hixson, Tennessee. Young pleaded guilty in January 2013 to being a felon in possession of ammunition after being found with the shells, which he acquired helping a neighbor dispose of her late husband's belongings.

In an unsigned majority opinion, the court said binding precedent required that the sentence be upheld.

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