US v. Anita Williams, No. 11-4762 (4th Cir. 2012)

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Download PDF UNPUBLISHED UNITED STATES COURT OF APPEALS FOR THE FOURTH CIRCUIT No. 11-4762 UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, Plaintiff - Appellee, v. ANITA LAVON WILLIAMS, a/k/a Lavon Williams, a/k/a Sylvia Hayes, a/k/a Akeen Lewis, a/k/a Betty Davis, a/k/a Stacy Meadows, a/k/a Keith Chase, a/k/a April Shoulders, a/k/a Beverly Purdue, Defendant - Appellant. Appeal from the United States District Court for the Middle District of North Carolina, at Greensboro. Catherine C. Eagles, District Judge. (1:11-cr-00010-CCE-1) Submitted: February 23, 2012 Decided: February 27, 2012 Before MOTZ, DAVIS, and DIAZ, Circuit Judges. Affirmed by unpublished per curiam opinion. Louis C. Allen, Federal Public Defender, William S. Trivette, Assistant Federal Public Defender, Greensboro, North Carolina, for Appellant. Ripley Rand, United States Attorney, Sandra J. Hairston, Assistant United States Attorney, Greensboro, North Carolina, for Appellee. Unpublished opinions are not binding precedent in this circuit. PER CURIAM: Anita Lavon Williams pled guilty to one count of mail fraud, 18 U.S.C.A. § 1341 (West Supp. 2011), and was sentenced to an above-Guidelines term of fifty-four months imprisonment. Williams appeals her sentence, arguing that it was unreasonably high and an abuse of discretion. Williams placed her Guidelines in had characterized fifteen criminal range was its We affirm. criminal history 37-46 decision history category months. to VI. The sentence points, Her advisory district Williams which court above the Guidelines range as both a departure pursuant to U.S. Sentencing Guidelines Manual § 4A1.3, p.s. (2010), and a variance pursuant to 18 U.S.C. § 3553(a) (2006). The court considered Williams long record of fraud offenses, including ten worthless check convictions which score, USSG see were not n.8, her The district was a the one-level fact history attempted to extort money from the victim after her arrest. that and criminal she decided cmt. in that court § 4A1.3 counted departure insufficient and a two-level departure was necessary to achieve a sentence conduct, that reflected took the into account seriousness Williams of the past criminal offense, promoted respect for the law, and served to protect the public. We review a sentence, including a sentence outside the Guidelines range, for procedural and substantive reasonableness. 2 United States v. Gall, 552 U.S. 38, 46, 51 (2007); United States v. Diosdado-Star, 630 F.3d 359, 363 (4th Cir.), cert. denied, 131 S. Ct. 2946 (2011). Here, after review of the record, we conclude that the sentence was both procedurally and substantively reasonable. The court had a reasoned basis for its decision to impose a sentence above the Guidelines range and made an individualized statement explaining its decision. We therefore affirm the district court s judgment. dispense with oral argument because the facts and We legal contentions are adequately presented in the materials before the court and argument would not aid the decisional process. AFFIRMED 3