United States District Court, S.D. New York
W. SWEET U.S.D.J.
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.
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
November 17, 2016, Mejia was found guilty as charged,
following a jury trial.
is scheduled to be sentenced on May 3, 2017.
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
(B) to afford adequate deterrence to criminal conduct;
(C) to protect the public from further crimes of the
(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 ...