United States v. Correa-Osorio, No. 12-1300 (1st Cir. 2015)Annotate this Case
Jorge Correa-Osorio and Denise Shepard-Fraser (together, Defendants) were convicted of cocaine offenses. Both Defendants sought reversal of their convictions but for different reasons. The First Circuit affirmed both Defendants’ convictions as well as Shepard’s sentence, holding (1) contrary to Correa’s assertions, the trial judge did not err by admitting identification evidence and certain statements under the coconspirator exception to the hearsay rule, and any error in the admission into evidence of a cocaine-filled suitcase was harmless; and (2) contrary to Shepard’s assertions, the trial judge did not err by finding the evidence sufficient to support her convictions and by giving her a 128-month prison term that was both procedurally and substantively reasonable.