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United States v. Jones

UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT NORTHERN DISTRICT OF NEW YORK


October 28, 2009

UNITED STATES OF AMERICA
v.
BRIAN JONES, DEFENDANT.

The opinion of the court was delivered by: Scullin, Senior Judge

ORDER

Currently before the Court is Defendant's motion seeking modification of his sentence based upon the 2007 retroactive amendment (Amendment 706) to the drug quantity table relating to cocaine (crack) offenses. See Dkt. No. 50. The Government opposes this motion on the ground that it is moot. See Dkt. No. 51.

On September 26, 2003, Defendant Jones entered a plea of guilty to a violation of 21 U.S.C. § 841(a)(1) as charged in Count 1 of the Indictment. See Dkt. No. 14. The United States Probation Office found that Defendant fell under the career offender guideline and that his guideline imprisonment range was 151 to 188 months.

At sentencing, on April 21, 2004, the court granted Defendant's motion for a downward departure under U.S.S.G. § 4A1.3, finding that Criminal History Category VI significantly overrepresented the seriousness of his criminal history. Without any objection from the Government, the court also granted Defendant's motion for a downward departure under U.S.S.G. § 5H1.3 based upon the abuse that Defendant had suffered during his childhood. The court then imposed a sentence of sixty (60) months imprisonment and a term of three years supervised release. See Dkt. No. 17.

Defendant was released to supervision on October 1, 2007. Had he served the entire sixty-month sentence that the court imposed, he would have been released in April 2009. Although Defendant is currently incarcerated, his incarceration does not result from his conviction for a violation of 21 U.S.C. § 841(a)(1) as set forth in Count 1 of the Indictment. Rather, Defendant's current incarceration is the result of his admitted violation of the terms of his supervised release. See Dkt. No. 47 at 3. Therefore, the Court finds that Amendment 706 is not applicable to Defendant's current sentence.

Accordingly, for the above-stated reason, the Court hereby ORDERS that Defendant's motion is DENIED.

IT IS SO ORDERED.

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