United States of America, Plaintiff-appellee, v. Francisco Javier Sanchez, Defendant-appellant, 854 F.2d 1318 (4th Cir. 1988)

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US Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit - 854 F.2d 1318 (4th Cir. 1988) Submitted May 3, 1988. Decided July 29, 1988

Francisco Javier Sanchez, appellant pro se.

Thomas Philip Swaim, office of U.S. Attorney, for appellee.

Before JAMES DICKSON PHILLIPS, MURNAGHAN, and SPROUSE, Circuit Judges.

PER CURIAM:


Francisco Javier Sanchez appeals from the district court's order refusing relief under 28 U.S.C. § 2255. Our review of the record and the district court's opinion discloses that this appeal is without merit. Generally, sentencing is within the sole province and discretion of the district court. United States v. Pruitt, 341 F.2d 700, 703 (4th Cir. 1965). If the sentence is within the statutory limits, then absent exceptional circumstances, it is not subject to appellate review. United States v. Truelove, 482 F.2d 1361 (4th Cir. 1973). The fact that a co-defendant received a more lenient sentence is not a clear abuse of discretion requiring this Court to intervene. See United States v. Sidella, 469 F.2d 1079, 1081 (4th Cir. 1972). The record reveals that Sanchez was much more involved in the drug enterprise than was the co-defendant. Accordingly, we find no abuse of discretion and affirm the district court's order. We dispense with oral argument because the dispositive issues recently have been decided authoritatively.

AFFIRMED.