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United States v. Sarna

August 26, 2009

UNITED STATES OF AMERICA,
v.
DAVID SARNA, DEFENDANT.



The opinion of the court was delivered by: John F. Keenan, United States District Judge

Memorandum Opinion & Order

Defendant David Sarna ("Sarna") requests early termination of supervised release or, in the alternative, the removal of conditions that restrict his travel. Additionally, he requests the return of his passport from the Government. For the reasons below, the applications are denied.

On November 21, 2006, Sarna pleaded guilty pursuant to a plea agreement to one count of conspiracy to commit securities fraud. The plea agreement stipulated to a Guidelines range of 18 to 24 months. On March 15, 2007, the Court sentenced him to a term of one year and one day in prison, to be followed by a two-year term of supervised release. This sentence reflected a downward departure based on Sarna's family circumstances. Sarna has served his prison term and his first year of supervised release.

A district court may, after considering certain factors set forth in 18 U.S.C. § 3553(a), terminate a term of supervised release after one year of supervised release, if the defendant's conduct and the interests of justice so warrant. 18 U.S.C. § 3583(e)(1). The factors which the Court should consider are as follows: the nature and circumstances of the offense and the history and characteristics of the defendant, id. § 3553(a)(1); the need to deter criminal conduct, id. § 3553(a)(2)(B); the need to protect the public from further crimes of the defendant, id. § 3553(a)(2)(C); the need to provide the defendant with correctional treatment, id. § 3553(a)(2)(D); the kinds of sentence and the sentencing range established for defendants with similar characteristics under applicable Sentencing Commission guidelines and policy statements, id. § 3553(a)(4); any pertinent policy statement of the Sentencing Commission in effect on the date of sentencing, id. § 3553(a)(5); the need to avoid unwarranted sentence disparities among similar defendants, id. § 3553(a)(6); and the need to provide restitution, id. § 3553(a)(7). According to the Second Circuit, "early termination of supervised release is within the discretion of the district ...


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