Login

Login

To access this feature, please Log In or Register for your Casebriefs Account.

Add to Library

Add

Search

Login
Register

United States v. Roberson

    Brief Fact Summary.

    Defendant appeals convictions of bank robbery and using a firearm in a crime of violence.

    Synopsis of Rule ofLaw.

    An accomplice may be found guilty for the reasonably foreseeable crimes committed by his accomplices in the course of a conspiracy.

    Facts.

    Roberson (Defendant) and three accomplices robbed a bank netting about $133,000, of which Roberson received $50,000. Roberson was charged with bank robbery in violation of 18 U.S.C. §§ 2113(a) and (d) and using a firearm in a crime of violence in violation of 18 U.S.C. 924(c)(1)(A). At trial, there was conflicting testimony as to whether Roberson carried or brandished a gun during the robbery. Defendant was convicted and appealed.

    Issue.

    Whether an accomplice may be found guilty for the reasonably foreseeable crimes committed by his accomplices in the course of a conspiracy.

    Held.

    Yes. Defendant’s conviction is affirmed. An accomplice may be found guilty for the reasonably foreseeable crimes committed by his accomplices in the course of a conspiracy.

    Discussion.

    Even though it is unclear from the record whether Roberson had a weapon during the commission of the robbery, a defendant is liable for the reasonably foreseeable crimes committed by his accomplices in the course of a conspiracy, whether or not a conspiracy is charged. Here, Roberson and his accomplices agreed to rob a bank. It is reasonable to assume that Roberson had knowledge that his accomplices would be carrying weapons in order to carry out the robbery.


    Create New Group

      Casebriefs is concerned with your security, please complete the following