In a criminal sentencing case, the Eighth Circuit has determined that a conviction for second-degree robbery in Missouri is not a crime of violence because it does not require violent touching.  Given the similarity between the definition of a crime of violence in the sentencing context and a crime of violent in the immigration context, this decision provides excellent arguments for practitioners to use in support of the contention that a conviction under this statute is not a crime of violence aggravated felony.

The full text of United States v. Bell can be found here: