United States v. Fontanez, No. 15-1360 (1st Cir. 2017)Annotate this Case
After a jury trial, Appellant was found guilty of one count of conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute cocaine base and three specific-offense counts of distribution of that controlled substance. Appellant was sentenced to an eighteen-year term of immurement to be followed by a five-year term of supervised release. After Appellant began serving his supervised release term, he was charged in a Massachusetts state court with attempted murder and assault with a dangerous weapon. A federal district court subsequently found that Appellant had violated the conditions of his supervised release and sentenced Appellant to a four-year incarcerate term. The First Circuit affirmed, holding (1) Appellant’s challenges to the evidentiary rulings made in the course of the revocation of his supervised release were unavailing; and (2) Appellant’s claim of sentencing error was baseless.