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Case Digest on Lora v. United States

Case Digest on Lora v. United States
The Supreme Court ruled that the bar on concurrent sentences under 18 U.S.C. § 924(c)(1)(D)(ii) does not extend to sentences imposed under § 924(j), allowing such sentences to run either concurrently or consecutively to other sentences.


This case involves the interpretation of sentencing provisions under federal law, specifically the applicability of concurrent sentence prohibitions to different subsections of the same statute.

Facts of the Case:

Efrain Lora, accused of being a leader in a drug-dealing group, was convicted for his role in a murder committed with a firearm during a drug trafficking crime, as well as for conspiring to distribute drugs. The legal dispute revolved around whether his sentences for these convictions should run concurrently or consecutively.

Issue of the Case:

The Supreme Court was tasked with determining whether the prohibition against concurrent sentences under § 924(c) applies to sentences for convictions under § 924(j).

Ruling of the Case:

The Court held that § 924(c)'s prohibition on concurrent sentencing does not apply to sentences under § 924(j), granting courts the discretion to impose such sentences either concurrently or consecutively.

This decision clarifies the sentencing discretion courts have under different subsections of § 924, potentially affecting the sentencing phase of future criminal cases involving firearms.


The Supreme Court's decision in LORA v. UNITED STATES offers important clarification on sentencing guidelines, emphasizing the judiciary's discretion in imposing concurrent or consecutive sentences under different statutory provisions.