United States District Court, S.D. New York
W. SWEET U.S.D.J.
September 29, 2017, Lawrence Bruce ("Bruce" or the
"Defendant") pleaded guilty to one count of
Firearms Trafficking, 18 U.S.C. § 922 (a) (1). For the
reasons set forth below, Bruce will be sentenced to 60
months' imprisonment, followed by 3 years of supervised
release, subject to modification at the scheduled sentencing
hearing on January 11, 2018. Bruce is also required to pay a
special assessment of $100.
August 24, 2017, Bruce was charged in a two-count Complaint
with firearms trafficking (Count One, 18 U.S.C. § 922
(a) (1)) and being a felon in possession of a firearm (Count
Two, 18 U.S.C. § 922 (g) (1)). On September 29, 2017,
Bruce pleaded guilty to a one-count Information filed in the
Southern District of New York (the "Information").
One of the Information charged that from June 2017, up to and
including at least August 2017, in the Southern District of
New York and elsewhere, Bruce illegally sold firearms in the
Bronx, New York, in violation of 18 U.S.C. §§ 922
(a) (1) (A), (a) (2).
September 29, 2017, Bruce appeared before the Honorable James
L. Cott and pleaded guilty to criminal conduct as charged in
was arrested on August 24, 2017, has been continuously
detained since that date, and is scheduled to be sentenced on
January 11, 2018.
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
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
(A) the applicable category of offense committed by the
applicable category of defendant as set forth in the
guidelines . . .;
(5) any pertinent policy statement [issued by the Sentencing
(6) the need to avoid unwarranted sentence disparities among
defendants with similar records who have been found guilty ...