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William Ernesto Jimenez Bolanos v. Holder

The Ninth Circuit held that a conviction under California Penal Code section 417.3 with a sentence to one year or more is categorically an aggravated felony crime of violence. PC 417.3 penalizes brandishing a firearm in the presence of the occupant of a motor vehicle. The Board of Immigration Appeals had held that it satisfied the definition of crime of violence at 18 USC 16(a) and (b), but the Ninth relied only on subsection (a). It held that PC 417.3 requires brandishing a firearm in a threatening way that would reasonably cause the victim to fear bodily harm. The Ninth held this offense necessarily involves a "threatened" use of force under 18 USC 16(a).