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United States v. Mejia

United States District Court, S.D. New York

April 17, 2017

UNITED STATES OF AMERICA
v.
LUIS MEJIA, Defendant.

          SENTENCING OPINION

          ROBERT W. SWEET U.S.D.J.

         On November 17, 2016, following a jury trial, Luis Mejia ("Defendant" or "Mejia") was found guilty of conspiracy to distribute and possess with intent to distribute cocaine. Based on the conclusions set forth below, Mejia will be sentenced to 121 months' imprisonment followed by two (2) years' supervised release, subject to the scheduled sentencing hearing on May 3, 2017.

         Prior Proceedings

         Mejia is named in a one-count information filed in the Southern District of New York on January 20, 2016. Count One charged that in or about December 2015, in the Southern District of New York and elsewhere, Mejia and his codefendant Jose Rivera conspired with others known and unknown to distribute and possess with the intent to distribute five kilograms and more of mixtures and substances containing a detectable amount of cocaine, in violation of 21 U.S.C. §§ 846 and 841(b)(1)(A).

         On November 17, 2016, Mejia was found guilty as charged, following a jury trial.

         Mejia is scheduled to be sentenced on May 3, 2017.

         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 103 (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 Guidelines. 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, and 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 ...

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