United States District Court, Western District of Virginia, Abingdon Division
Brian J. Beck, Assistant Federal Public Defender, Abingdon, Virginia, for Defendant.
James P. Jones United States District Judge
The defendant, a federal inmate sentenced by this court, has filed a motion for a sentence reduction pursuant to 18 U.S.C. § 3582(c)(2), based upon the two-level reduction in the drug guideline ranges adopted by Amendment 782 to the U.S. Sentencing Guidelines Manual ("USSG") and made retroactive to the defendant's case by USSG § IB 1.10(d).
The court may reduce the term of imprisonment of a defendant made eligible under § 1B1.10, "after considering the factors set forth in section 3553(a) to the extent they are applicable." 18 U.S.C. § 3582(c)(2). "Whether to reduce a sentence and to what extent is a matter within the district court's discretion." United States v. Smalls, 720 F.3d 193, 195 (4th Cir. 2013). In addition to the § 3553(a) factors, the court may consider public safety concerns as well as the defendant's post-sentencing conduct. USSG § 1B1.10 cmt. 1(B) (ii), (iii).
When originally sentenced, the defendant was determined to have an advisory imprisonment range of 210 months to 262 months, based upon an Offense Level of 37, with a Criminal History Category of I. The defendant was sentenced to 240 months of incarceration, in the middle of that range. Because of Amendment 782, the new guideline range applicable to the defendant is 168 months to 210 months, based upon a new Offense Level of 35.
As required, I have considered all of the relevant factors, including those J emphasized in the defendant's motion. While I find that it is appropriate to reduce the defendant's sentence, I believe that a sentence of 198 months is appropriate in light of the nature of the defendant's criminal conduct in this case. The reduced sentence is comparable to the defendant's original sentence, and is a sufficient but not greater ...