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Court: Property destruction a 'crime of violence'

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By NIGEL DUARA
Associated Press

An appeals court has rejected a Hawaii man's objection to a longer sentence imposed in part because of a decade-old conviction for property destruction.

Ashford Kaipo Spencer was convicted of 2 federal drug-trafficking felonies. At sentencing, the district court determined that Spencer was a "career offender" because Spencer had two prior convictions for crimes of violence.

He argued the property destruction conviction wasn't violence, but the three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit affirmed that it was.

Spencer, of Waimanalo, was sentenced to 17 years in prison for selling methamphetamine to someone cooperating with law enforcement.

A jury found him guilty in 2011 of selling about two ounces of meth for $6,000 and $5,500 in April and June 2009.

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