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United States v. Williams

United States District Court, S.D. New York

November 21, 2017

UNITED STATES OF AMERICA
v.
MATTHEW WILLIAMS, Defendant.

          SENTENCING OPINION

          ROBERT W. SWEET, U.S.D.J.

         On September 19, 2017, Matthew Williams ("Defendant" or "Williams") pleaded guilty to possession of a firearm in connection with the racketeering conspiracy. Based on the conclusions sets forth below, Williams will be sentenced to the mandatory minimum of 60 months' imprisonment, followed by three (3) years' supervised release, subject to the scheduled sentencing hearing on November 27, 2017.

         Prior Proceedings

         Williams is named in a two-count indictment filed in the Southern District of New York on June 22, 2017. Count One charges that from at least 2010 up to and including April 12, 2017, in the Southern District of New York and elsewhere, Williams, during and in relation to his involvement in a racketeering enterprise, "Young Gunnaz" or "YGz, " that engaged in a pattern of violent racketeering activities including murders, attempted murders, robberies, and other crimes of violence, in violation of 18 U.S.C. § 1962(d), Williams used and carried firearms, and aided and abetted the use, carry, and possession of firearms, in furtherance of crimes of violence.

         Count Two charges that on April 12, 2017r in the Southern District of New York, Williams, after having been convicted in a court of a crime punishable by imprisonment for a term exceeding one year, possessed an RG Industries Model RG23 .22 caliber revolver, which had previously been shipped and transported in interstate and foreign commerce.

         On September 19, 2017, Williams appeared before the Honorable Debra C. Freeman, in the Southern District of New York, and allocuted to his criminal conduct as charged in Count One of the Indictment.

         Williams is scheduled to be sentenced on November 27, 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 o:: the defendant; and
(D) to provide the defendant with needed educational or vocational training, medical care, or other correctional ...

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