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United States v. Liriano-Blanco

January 16, 2008

UNITED STATES OF AMERICA,
v.
ARIEL LIRIANO-BLANCO, DEFENDANT.



The opinion of the court was delivered by: Thomas J. McAVOY Senior United States District Judge

MEMORANDUM-DECISION and ORDER

Upon his entry of a guilty plea to the offense of unlawfully attempting to re-enter the United States after having previously been removed following his conviction of an aggravated felony, Defendant was sentenced to 46 months imprisonment. See United States v. LirianoBlanco, - F.3d. -, -, 2007 WL 4302708 (2d Cir. Dec. 11, 2007). On appeal, the Second Circuit remanded the matter to this Court for a determination of a proper sentence in light of the fact that Defendant waived his right to appeal and, therefore, Defendant could not challenge this Court's determination whether to use the fast-track sentencing disparity as a sentencing factor.

Upon reconsideration, the Court takes into consideration the factors set forth in 18 U.S.C. § 3553(a) and, in particular, § 3353(a)(1), (a)(3), (a)(4) and (a)(6). As the Court previously found, a Criminal History Category of IV overstates Defendant's conduct and, therefore, departs to a Criminal History Category of III. By doing so, Defendant is in a guideline range of 46-57 months. The Court finds, however, that a further two-level reduction is warranted based on: (1) Defendant's family circumstances (providing for his own two children as well as his girlfriend's child from a prior relationship); (2) the lack of availability of a fast-track program and the disparity caused thereby;*fn1 (3) the speed with which Defendant admitted to his crime; (4) Defendant's forthrightness with law enforcement; (5) the lack of any indication that Defendant intended to re-enter the United States to commit further crimes; (6) the fact that Defendant will be deported after his sentence; (7) Defendant's vow not to return to the United States; and (8) the length of time between the commission of the underlying aggravated felony and the attempted re-entry.

For the foregoing reasons, the Court finds that Defendant is properly categorized in Criminal History Category III, offense level 19 and that a sentence of 37 months incarceration is appropriate. Accordingly, Defendant is hereby sentenced to a term of 37 months incarceration. The Clerk of the Court should amend the judgment accordingly.

IT IS SO ...


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