In a federal sentencing case, the Tenth Circuit has determined that a New Mexico conviction for aggravated assault with a deadly weapon is categorically a crime of violence because it requires the use of a deadly weapon during the assault.  Given the similarities between the definition of a crime of violence in the criminal sentencing context and the immigration context, this decision will likely have persuasive value when evaluating whether this conviction qualifies as a crime of violence aggravated felony.

The full text of United States v. Maldanado-Palma can be found here: