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United States v. Oglesby

October 11, 2006

UNITED STATES OF AMERICA,
v.
RAY OGLESBY, DEFENDANT.



The opinion of the court was delivered by: Sweet, D.J.

SENTENCING OPINION

On May 11, 2005, Defendant Ray Oglesby ("Oglesby") pled guilty to conspiracy in violation of 21 U.S.C. § 846 to distribute and possess with intent to distribute one kilogram and more of heroin, in violation of 21 U.S.C. §§ 812, 841(a) (1) and 841(b) (1)(A). For the reasons set forth below, Oglesby will be sentenced to 120 months' imprisonment and a five-year term of supervised release. A special assessment of $100 is mandatory and is due immediately.

Prior Proceedings

On May 6, 2004, the government filed a sealed indictment against Oglesby and his co-defendants, charging them with a single count of conspiracy to distribute and possess with intent to distribute one kilogram and more of heroin. The indictment was unsealed on May 11, 2004, and an arrest warrant for Oglesby was issued the same day. On August 18, 2004, he was placed in state custody, and was resentenced on September 21, 20 4 to five months' imprisonment for prior state convictions. Oglesby was placed in federal custody on January 3, 2005, and has remained in custody since that time. On May 11, 2005, Oglesby appeared before the Honorable Debra C. Freeman of this District and allocuted to the criminal conduct charged in the indictment. Oglesby is scheduled for sentencing on October 13, 2006.

The Sentencing Framework

In accordance with the Supreme Court's decision in United States v. Booker, 543 U.S. 220 (2005), and the Second Circuit's decision in United States v. Crosby, 397 F.3d 1 3 (2d Cir. 2005), the sentence to be imposed was reached through consideration of all of the factors identified in 18 U.S.C. § 3553(a), including the advisory Sentencing Guidelines (the "Guidelines") established by the United States Sentencing Commission (the "Sentencing Commission"). Thus, the sentence to be imposed here is the result of a consideration of:

(1) the nature and circumstances of the offense and the history and characteristics of the defendant;

(2) the need for the sentence imposed -

(A) to reflect the seriousness of the offense, to promote respect for the law, an to provide just punishment for the offense;

(B) to afford adequate deterrence to criminal conduct;

(C) to protect the public from further crimes of the defendant; and

(D) to provide the defendant with needed educational or vocational training, medical care, or other correctional treatment in the most effective manner;

(3) the kinds of sentences available;

(4) the kinds of sentence and the sentencing range established for

(A) the applicable category of offense committed by the applicable category of defendant as set forth in the guidelines ...;

(5) any pertinent policy statement ... [issued by the Sentencing Commission];

(6) the need to avoid unwarranted sentence disparities among defendants with similar records who have been found ...


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