United States v. Landron-Class, No. 10-2462 (1st Cir. 2012)Annotate this Case
Appellant was convicted in the United States district court for his role in a scheme to illegally obtain and distribute prescription drugs. The First Circuit Court of Appeals affirmed, holding (1) the district court erred in allowing testimony about the guilty pleas of Appellant's former co-defendants, but the error was harmless; and (2) in determining the appropriate sentence within the United States Sentencing Guidelines (USSG), or in varying guidelines, a sentencing court has discretion to consider the defendant's cooperation with the government as an 18 U.S.C. 3553(a) factor, even if the government has not made a USSG 5K1.1 motion for a downward departure.