United States of America, Petitioner-appellee, v. Thorsten Ralph Lewerence, Respondent-appellant, 48 F.3d 1229 (9th Cir. 1995)Annotate this Case
Before: SCHROEDER, CANBY and LEAVY, Circuit Judges.
Thorsten Lewerence appeals pro se the district court's denial of his 28 U.S.C. § 2255 motion to vacate his sentence imposed following his guilty plea to attempting to persuade a witness to provide false testimony at his federal criminal trial, in violation of 18 U.S.C. § 1512(b) (obstructing justice). We have jurisdiction pursuant to 28 U.S.C. § 2255, and we affirm.
Lewerence contends that the district court erred in calculating his base offense level under U.S.S.G. Sec. 2X3.1 (accessory after the fact) and not U.S.S.G. Sec. 2J1.2 (obstruction of justice). He contends that he is not an accessory after the fact because he did not seek to help another person escape conviction but instead to help himself escape conviction. The Sentencing Guidelines provides for the application of section 2X3.1 to an offense involving the obstruction of the investigation or prosecution of a criminal offense "whether such offense was committed by the defendant or another person." See U.S.S.G. Sec. 2J1.2(c) (1) and Sec. 2J1.2, comment. (backg'd). Accordingly, the district court properly denied Lewerence's section 2255 motion.